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Second Brooklyn man charged with hate crime over ‘knockout’ game

Published time: January 06, 2014 21:26
Reuters/Stephen Lam

Reuters/Stephen Lam

A Brooklyn, New York man accused of executing seven different “knockout game” attacks has been arrested and charged with hate crimes.

According to a report by CNN, 35-year-old Barry Baldwin was arrested in connection to assaults that occurred in Brooklyn in early November throughout December. All seven suspected incidents targeted women, including two 78-year-old women – one of which was pushing a stroller – and a mother walking outside with her daughter.

Baldwin’s arrest marks the second time in two months that New York police have charged someone with hate crimes related to the knockout game, which involves attempts to knock a person unconscious using a single blow, often to the head.

Police apprehended Baldwin after he’d allegedly gone on a spree of five assaults between December 21 - 27. He was identified by witnesses in a police lineup, and was officially charged on December 29.

"Who would do that? Who would attack a 78-year-old woman?" New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind asked when reports of that attack first surfaced. “This is just hitting someone, attacking someone, it could be my mother, your mother. It's just scary and crazy.”

In November, another Brooklyn resident named Amrit Marajh, 28, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, as well as aggravated harassment, for allegedly striking a 24-year-old Jewish man.

In December, Texas resident Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, was arrested and charged with a federal hate crime for reportedly assaulting a 79-year-old man and saying, “Knockout” before feeling the scene of the crime.

These three cases are, so far, the only incidents in the United States that have resulted in hate crimes charges related to the knockout game. As CNN noted, New York has seen at least nine suspected knockout attacks since October, “but police have said they see no evidence of a trend.” Some believe the game to be spreading across the country, while others believe the trend has been artificially inflated by media coverage.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, both Brooklyn cases will be transferred to the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

Comments (11)


Al Marshall 26.06.2014 21:36

And they want our guns? If these people were armed, this would not happen!


mergon 07.01.2014 15:08

Only in America !


Tyrant 07.01.2014 09:38

Konrad3 07.01.2014 01:33

I have read and studied the comments on this page and iv entered my research findings into my super computer which tests IQ levels. I would tell you the results, but apparently "stupid" is not a number.


Th ere you go.

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