It’s only Monday, but we already have our worst person of the week solidified for the Philadelphia area: Coatesville’s Barry Baker.
Baker is that type of guy who desperately wants you to think that he’s tough despite him having the yellowest of bellies. The gutless 29-year-old is so hung up on appearances that he would freely mock a stranger’s disability… and do much worse according to authorities.
A statement released by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office on Monday says that West Chester police charged Baker with simple assault after surveillance video captured him punching a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy outside of a 7-Eleven in the borough on May 10.
“The defendant’s actions in this case are appalling,” West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said in a release. “You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that.”
According to the criminal complaint, Baker was hanging in the parking lot of the South High Street convenience store with friends when the victim pulled up at about 2:30 a.m. Mistaking himself for clever, Baker mocked the way the victim walked both after he entered the store and then once again when he exited.
It was during their second brush-up when police say Baker punched the victim in the face without warning before fleeing the scene.
“This defendant is a bully,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a release. “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.”
Baker posted bail and is next scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing on May 30.
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