A Brooklyn resident was indicted for the suspected assaults of five Jewish women in a so-called "knockout game" on Friday, authorities in New York City told the Examiner.
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35-year-old Barry Baldwin was indicted on five assault charges, one in November, the other four in Decemebr, in which he was accused of "viciously punching" the women for no apparent reason, the Examiner reported.
According to the indictment, Baldwin's alleged victims include a 78-year-old woman and a mother who was walking with her seven-year-old daughter at the time of the "knockout" attack, the Examiner reported.
The suspect was first charged with hate crimes, as all of his alleged victims were Jewish, but these charges were later downgraded, though no explanation was given.
Baldwin confessed to all five of the charges, but did not provide an explanation as to why he assaulted only Jewish women, the New York Police Department stated.
In November, another Brooklyn resident was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a "knockout game" style attack.
The victim, a 24-year-old Orthodox man, said he was boxed in by a group of men and punched out by one of them. The victim said he heard the alleged attacker and his friends talking about the game, in which the attackers try to knock someone out with one punch.
The suspect was eventually only charged with assault and harassment, and not with a hate crime. “I never hit the guy,” Amrit Marajh told the New York Post after his arraignment, “My girlfriend’s Jewish.”
Other incidents of the Knockout game have occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., the Associated Press reported.