Trial delayed for 'sucker punch' suspect Barry Baker

Monday, September 18, 2017 03:04PM
Watch the report from Action News at Noon on Sept. 18, 2017.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The trial that was set to begin Monday for a man accused of mocking and then punching a man with cerebral palsy has been delayed.

Prosecutors say Barry Baker Jr. was caught on surveillance video attacking the victim outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in West Chester back in May.

The District Attorney says Barry Baker was arrested for assault. Once out on bail, more warrants were issued and that's when authorities say Baker led them a on a two week manhunt.

It all began around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, outside a 7-Eleven on the 200 block of South High Street.

VIDEO: Man with cerebral palsy mocked, punched in West Chester
RAW VIDEO: Disabled man assaulted in West Chester

Surveillance video showed a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy pulling up to the store in a white SUV.

That's when a man in a yellow sweatshirt, identified by investigators as 29-year-old Barry Baker Jr. of Georgetown, Delaware, appeared to mock the victim after he went inside.

A few minutes later, the victim walked out of the store and the suspect apparently mocked him again.

The suspect then followed the victim into the parking lot and punched the man in the face.

The victim stumbled backwards over the hood of his SUV as the man identified as Baker walked away.

The 22-year-old victim composed himself, got into his vehicle, and drove away. Police say he then contacted police.

Following the release of the surveillance video, Barry Baker Jr. was arrested and charged with simple assault and related crimes.

Nearly a month later, on Tuesday, June 27, Baker Jr.'s fiancee Denise Schmidt was arrested. She was charged with hindering apprehension.

On that same day, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced 46 people were charged in Operation Wildfire, an 8-week-long investigation targeting street-level heroin and opioid dealers.

Among the nearly four dozen arrested was Barry Baker Sr., the father of the suspect in the West Chester attack.

"So while his son was beating up a man with a disability, Barry Baker, Sr. was selling us morphine. It's a heck of a family," Hogan said.

RELATED: 46 charged, including dad of punching suspect, in undercover drug bust in Chester Co.

Barry Baker, Jr. / Denise Schmidt / Barry Baker, Sr.


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