Over the past few months the “Knockout game” has made it into the headlines on more than one occasion. The New York Police Department recently began cracking down heavily on individuals involved with the game or similar attacks in order to ensure that the trend does not grow.
One Brooklyn man charged with assault for striking seven women during the “knockout game” hysteria is claiming that his attacks were carried out in self-defense. The man, 35-year-old Barry Baldwin, attacked the women on seven different occasions in various Brooklyn locations between Nov. 7 and Dec. 27, the NY Post reports.
Baldwin’s self-defense claims do not have much weight behind them, as they are all strange statements with little connection to his own personal safety.
“I was passing by a lady using a phone and I hit her head in self-defense because of the way she looked,” Baldwin wrote in a court statement about one attack.
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When explaining a different attack, Baldwin claimed he acted in self-defense because a 33-year-old mother who was walking with her 7-year-old daughter almost made him spill his coffee.
“There was a Dunkin’ Donuts beverage in his hand and the woman almost bumped his coffee so he swatted, but didn’t attack her,” the court papers read, “Defendant stated it wasn’t a whipping, but he was trying to protect his drink. It was just a love tap.”
Baldwin’s other attacks include punching two elderly women that were sitting on a park bench on Christmas Eve. One of the women was 78 years old. According to the New York Daily News, Baldwin claimed he struck these women because he “was feeling ill.”
Baldwin pleaded not guilty to the assault charges against him and he was released from the New York Supreme Court on a $13,500 bond.