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New York police arrest suspect in hateful ‘knockout’ spree

The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force busted a Brooklyn man for at least seven "knockout" assaults, cops said Friday.

Barry Baldwin, 35, punched out the victims between Nov. 9 and Christmas Eve in Canarsie and Midwood, police said.
All of the victims were white women and most were Jewish, a law-enforcement source said. At least two of the attacks occurred on the Sabbath.

"Everyone will sleep a little easier," said Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who said the attacks frightened the community.
On Nov. 9, Baldwin allegedly socked a 78-year-old Midwood woman while she pushed her great-granddaughter's stroller at Avenue L and East Fifth Street.

The elderly victim was knocked to the ground in the unprovoked attack.

Nearly a month later, he punched a 20-year-old in the head, at around 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 7, cops said.

Baldwin's next target was a 33-year-old mom walking with her 7-year-old daughter on Elm Street near East 12th Street on Dec. 21 in Midwood, cops said.

The victim fell onto the child before crashing to the ground, police said. She suffered cuts and bruises to her head, hands and knees, according to a Criminal Court complaint.

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