The incident took place in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
A Georgetown man has been arrested after mocking and punching a man with cerebral palsy in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The West Chester Police Department originally stated 29-year-old Barry Baker was a Coatesville, Pennsylvania resident, but has since amended that statement to indicate Baker resides in Georgetown, Delaware.
Baker can be seen on surveillance video at about 2:30 a.m. on May 10 outside the 7-11 store located at 200 South High Street in West Chester. According to the Chester County District Attorney, the victim, a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy, was mocked by Baker as he entered the store. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination. The victim continued into the store and when he came back out, Baker continued to mock him before punching him in the face without warning.
Baker was charged with simple assault and related crimes and released after posting bail of $2,500. A preliminary hearing on his case is scheduled for May 30. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the West Chester Police Department at 610-696-2600.
“The defendant’s actions in this case are appalling," said West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn. "You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that.”
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan added, “This defendant is a bully. Every decent citizen should be outraged by the defendant’s conduct. The victim is to be commended for keeping his cool and notifying the police.”