Earlier this month, a 35-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested and accused of committing six unprovoked assaults in the borough, including an alleged assault on a woman walking with her 7-year-old child in Midwood. Barry Baldwin claims that most of those assaults, including one against a 78-year-old woman, were in self-defense.
Baldwin is accused of hitting the women in seven separate attacks in Canarsie and Midwood between Nov. 7th and Dec. 27th. There was no mention of the so-called "knockout game" in his statements about each attack. "I hit a lady on the head in self-defense," he told cops about the first attack on Nov. 7th. "I was passing by a lady using a phone and I hit her head in self-defense because of the way she looked," Baldwin said of the last attack.
As for the Dec. 21st attack in which he allegedly struck a 33-year-old woman walking with her 7-year-old daughter, Baldwin told investigators that he was trying to protect his drink: "There was a Dunkin’ Donuts beverage in his hand and the woman almost bumped his coffee so he swatted, but didn’t attack her but that she had a kid with her...Defendant stated it wasn’t a whipping, but he was trying to protect his drink. It was just a love tap.”
Baldwin is also accused of hitting two women on Christmas Eve in separate attacks in Canarsie Park: "I was passing by two ladies at the Canarsie Park but I hit them in self-defense because … I was feeling ill."