A 35-year-old from New York has been arrested for at least seven knock out attacks around Brooklyn.
Barry Baldwin is accused of punching his victims to the ground in a spate of attacks carried out between November 9 and December 27, police said.
All of the victims were women, and most were Jewish. In one case, a 78-year-old was knocked to the ground as she pushed her great granddaughter’s stroller.
Baldwin, of East New York, has been charged with six counts of assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and attempted assault.
He also faces menacing charges and one count of endangering the welfare of a child after a mother who had been punched fell on to her seven-year-old child.
‘Everyone will sleep a little easier,’ Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the New York Post. ‘No one in our community should live in fear.’
In the first attack allegedly carried out by Baldwin, on November 9, a 78-year-old great-grandmother was knocked to the ground in one blow.