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

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.


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