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June 05, 2017

Man who mocked, punched victim with cerebral palsy is captured, DA says

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7-11attack on man with cerebral palsy Chester County District Attorney's Office/YouTube

The Chester County District Attorney's Office says this video shows Barry Baker, whose mugshot is seen at bottom left, punching a man with cerebral palsy in the face after mocking him outside a West Chester convenience store.

Barry Baker, who authorities say is the person caught on camera mocking a man with cerebral palsy and then sucker punching him, has been captured, according to prosecutors.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a press release Monday morning that Baker is in custody. Baker, 29, had been on the lam after being released for posting 10 percent of his $25,000 bail.

Earlier in May, Baker allegedly approached the victim in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in West Chester and imitated the way he walked. He is accused of then walking up to him and swinging, hitting the victim in the face.

Baker, of Delaware, was charged with simple assault and related crimes, adding to his criminal history.

In 2006, he pleaded guilty in a case involving the theft of military flag holders from two cemeteries in Chester County.

After Baker was released on bail for the West Chester assault, adult probation officers realized he had two technical violations and three warrants were issued: one for the assault charge violating his probation, one for failure to pay restitution in a 2009 case involving theft from a motor vehicle and another for failure to appear for a domestic relations hearing.

Bringing Baker back into custody took a joint effort from the Chester County Sheriff and U.S. Marshals. The agencies said the public, specifically social media contacts, were "instrumental" in finding his location.

Authorities were tipped off Sunday night on Baker's possible location, and they tracked him into the early morning hours, eventually apprehending him around 7:45 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Exton.

Now Baker will face an additional charge of flight to avoid apprehension.