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Fiancée of suspect accused of punching man with disabilities arrested

Accused of helping Barry Baker elude police

CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. - Police in Chester County have arrested the fiancée of the suspect accused of sucker punching a man with cerebral palsy.

Denise Schmidt was arrested for allegedly helping Barry Baker, Jr. elude police. She is charged with hindering the apprehension and prosecution of Baker.

On May 10th, Baker allegedly mocked and then punched a man with disabilities outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store in West Chester.

The incident was captured on the store's surveillance video. Baker was charged with assault and related crimes and released after posting bail on May 22.

Warrants for his arrest were issued soon after for parole and probation violations.

Baker was later found and arrested June 5 at a hotel. Police say Schmidt was in the hotel room with him, and rented the room for him under a different name.

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