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DA: Man mocks, assaults person with cerebral palsy

'This defendant is a bully,' DA says

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - A man has been arrested in what authorities have described as an "appalling" case of assault on a person with a disability.

The Chester County district attorney and West Chester police announced criminal charges Monday against Barry Baker, 29, of Georgetown, Delaware.

Baker, officials said, mocked the disability of a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy as he walked inside the 7-Eleven store on South High Street in West Chester on May 10. Baker again mocked the man before sucker-punching him in the face as left the store and returned to his SUV, they said.

"The defendant’s actions in this case are appalling," said Chief Scott Bohn, West Chester Police Department. "You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that."

Video of the incident was recorded by the store's surveillance cameras and released by the DA's office on Monday. It shows Baker fleeing the scene by running around the corner of the store, the DA said.

"This defendant is a bully," Hogan said. "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 was charged with simple assault and related offenses. Bail was set at $25,000.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call West Chester police at 610-696-2600.

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