Hate Crime Suspect Arrested In New York For 'Knockout' Attacks On Women

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Barry Baldwin, 35, has been charged with hate crimes in connection with at least seven knockout attacks occurring around Brooklyn, New York.

The charges facing Baldwin include six counts of assault as a hate crime, six counts of aggravated harassment as a hate crime, and other crimes for attacks between November 9 and December 27 in predominantly Jewish sections of Brooklyn, CNN reports.

All of Baldwin's victims were women, and most were Jewish. He is accused of punching his victims to the ground during the attacks. One victim, a 78-year-old, was knocked to the ground as she pushed her granddaughter's stroller down the street.  

In another attack, Baldwin is accused of endangering the welfare of a child after a mother who had been punched fell on her seven-year-old child, Daily Mail reports.

Baldwin was arrested on December 29 by hate crimes detectives investigating the neighborhoods of previous attacks. A sketch of the suspect was made available after the attack on the woman who fell on her child. Witnesses identified Baldwin in a police line-up and he was charged by police.

There have been nine other suspected "knockout" attacks in New York since October but CNN reports police have said there is no evidence of a trend.