ATLANTIC CITY — Two city men arrested after a video of a woman being beaten in Brown’s Park was posted on Facebook have been indicted.
Ibn Hunter, 25, is accused of striking Emily Baccari in October as she sat drinking a beer at the park set between two of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods: Stanley Holmes Village and Schoolhouse Apartments.
The man, identified as Hunter, is seen yelling at Baccari. Then, after he seems to make sure the camera is rolling, he pulls back his right arm and strikes her in the face. Baccari goes down, and is shown lying unconscious, a bruise already forming.
She doesn’t know what set Hunter off, the homeless woman told The Press of Atlantic City in an interview days later. She woke up in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus.
The only reaction from the people around Baccari was a woman who moved a brown paper bag that had the victim’s beer in it.
“I just want to know why the girl — instead of stealing my beer — didn’t put her hand out and keep my head from hitting the ground,” Baccari told The Press.
Police found out about the video Oct. 17, after it was posted on a Facebook page multiple times. The next day, Hunter was charged with aggravated assault. He was picked up Oct. 19.
When forensics detectives examined the video further, they saw what appeared to be the outline of a gun under Hunter’s sleeve, used to strike the woman. He was additionally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, along with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
A grand jury indicted him on all four charges last week, and also with conspiracy.
Days after Hunter’s arrest, Atlantic City police announced the arrest of 23-year-old Anthony Faulkner, who is accused of being the man behind the camera — and the Facebook page that originally posted the video.
He has been indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.