Brooklyn man arrested in string of punching assaults

January 4, 2014 5:32:15 AM PST
Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they say has struck six people, including three elderly women, in the back of the head since November.

Police arrested Barry Baldwin Friday on six counts of assault as a hate crime, one count of attempted assault for missing a seventh person, and other charges. They say all the incidents occurred in Brooklyn.

Baldwin was in custody and unavailable for comment. A message left at his home wasn't returned and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

They say the 35-year-old man punched a 33-year-old woman who was walking with her seven-year-old daughter in the back of the head on Dec. 21. They say his victims also included two 78-year-old women in separate incidents and a 71-year-old woman.