A “bully” has been arrested after mocking and sucker-punching a man with cerebral palsy in Pennsylvania.
Barry Baker of Coatesville, Pa., was charged with assault after video released Monday showed him punching a 22-year-old man outside a 7-Eleven on May 10. Baker could be seen imitating the victim’s movements several times, and then suddenly throws a closed fist to his face without apparent warning, according to CBS reports.
The early morning incident was captured on a security camera outside the convenience store in West Chester.
“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,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said.
“The defendant’s actions in this case are appalling,” West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn added, according to the New York Daily News. “You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that.”
Authorities say the victim, who has not been named, appeared to be stunned before getting in his car and calling the police.
“The victim showed a lot of dignity, I cannot say the same thing for the defendant here,” Hogan told CBS.
Baker, 29, reportedly fled the scene and was arrested later. His bail was set at $25,000 and a hearing has been scheduled for May 30.
According to CBS, court records show Baker has a criminal history that includes theft and forgery.
The Mayo Clinic describes cerebral palsy as a disorder of body movement, muscle tone or posture caused by damage to the brain, typically before birth. Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from the chronic condition.
“It’s shocking that in today’s world you would have somebody attacking you simply because you suffer from cerebral palsy,” Hogan added.
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