Knockout suspect charged with hate crimes in New York

A Brooklyn man accused of several so-called knockout game attacks in the New York borough was charged with hate crimes.

Barry Baldwin, 35, was charged with six counts each of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime in attacks that took place in heavily Jewish neighborhoods from Nov. 9 to late December, the New York Police Department said on Jan. 4, according to New York media.

Others charges include menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.

The victims were all Jewish women who ranged in age from 20 to 78. One of the victims fell on the small child she was holding during the attack.

Baldwin was arrested on Dec. 28 by the NYPD’s hate crimes task force.

In the so-called knockout game, attackers try to knock out an individual with one punch. Other incidents of knockout attacks have occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states, as well as Washington, D.C., according to reports. — jta