‘I Slugged 78-Year-Old Woman in Self-Defense’

Josh Saul, New York Post, January 29, 2014

An unhinged Brooklyn man accused of punching seven women—including a 78-year-old—in brutal “knockout” attacks last year told cops he attacked six of them in “self-defense,” and hit another woman because she almost made him spill his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, court papers revealed Wednesday.

Barry Baldwin, 35, hit the women in seven separate attacks in Canarsie and Midwood between Nov. 7 and Dec. 27, court papers state.

Barry Baldwin

Barry Baldwin


The women he attacked were between the ages of 20 and 78, cops have said.


“I was passing by a lady using a phone and I hit her head in self-defense because of the way she looked,” Baldwin wrote of the Dec. 27 attack.

Baldwin attacked a 33-year-old mom walking with her 7-year-old daughter on Elm Street near East 12th Street on Dec. 21 in Midwood, cops said.


{snip} “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,” Baldwin told investigators when asked about the Dec. 21 attack.

“Defendant stated it wasn’t a whipping, but he was trying to protect his drink,” court papers say Baldwin said. “It was just a love tap.”

The crazed attacker also punched a 78-year-old woman sitting on a bench in Canarsie Park on Christmas Eve and 15 minutes later attacked another elderly woman nearby at corner of East 93rd Street and Seaview Avenue, court papers charge.

“I was passing by two ladies at the Canarsie Park but I hit them in self-defense because . . . I was feeling ill,” Baldwin said, according to court papers.



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