A 29-year-old man was arrested after assaulting a man with cerebral palsy in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The attack, which happened outside a 7-Eleven at around 2.30am on 10 May, was caught on surveillance video that was released on Monday (22 May).
Video of the incident shows the 22-year-old victim pulling up to the convenience store in a white SUV as the suspect, identified as Barry Baker, walks out of the store. The suspect, wearing a yellow hoodie, appears to mock the victim's walking after he goes inside.
Minutes later, the victim walks out of the store towards his vehicle and is again apparently mocked by the suspect.
The suspect follows the man and without warning punches the man in the face. The victim stumbles over the hood of his vehicle as the suspect walks away, ABC6 reported.
According to police, the unidentified victim later drove away and called authorities.
"This defendant is a bully. 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," District Attorney Tom Hogan said.
"It's shocking that in today's world you would have somebody attacking you simply because you suffer from cerebral palsy," Hogan added.
According to Chester County court records, Baker has an extensive criminal record, including arrests for theft and forgery. West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said, "The defendant's actions in this case are appalling. You wonder what would make an individual treat somebody like that."
Baker was charged with simple assault and related crimes, according to ABC6. He was released on $25,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 30 May.