A man accused of seven knockout assaults on Jewish women over the past few weeks was arrested last week after he was picked out of a lineup by three separate victims.
Barry Baldwin, a 35-year-old African-American, is believed to be the attacker of a 20-year-old woman on McDonald Ave., in Midwood two weeks ago; of a woman, 33, who was attacked on Elm Ave. while she was out with her young daughter; and of an elderly Russian woman who was attacked about a month ago.
Following the arrest, the three women identified their attacker out of a line-up last Sunday. The victims testified in front of a grand jury on Thursday.
Baldwin, whose picture was distributed to the press following the attack on Shabbos of the 33-year-old woman, was originally charged with hate crimes since all his victims were recognizably Jewish. The grand jury who delivered the indictment downgraded the charges, removing it from the hate crime category.
About two dozen instances of the sick knockout game were reported in Jewish areas of Brooklyn since September. Police have boosted patrols in some neighborhoods but fears still remain among residents of the random attacks.
“Everyone will sleep a little easier,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind in a statement announcing the arrest.