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Suspect Accused Of Bashing Homeless Man In The Head With Baseball Bat Gets Released On Bail

New York, NY – The suspect seen bashing an unsuspecting homeless man in the back of the head with a bat in Manhattan last month has been released from jail after posting his shockingly low bail (video below).

The horrific attack occurred in the area of 148th Street and Amsterdam Avenue at approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 29, the New York Post reported.

Security footage showed the 47-year-old victim walking down the sidewalk wearing a red jacket.

A man wearing a facemask and a dark-colored hoodie rushed in behind him a moment later, then briefly veered off to the left and pulled out at bat that had been concealed in his pants, the video showed.

He then walked up behind the homeless man, raised the bat over his right shoulder, and took a full swing – hitting the victim in the back of his head and sending him tumbling onto the pavement.

The suspect appeared to be walking off after the attack, but then spun around and charged back towards the victim before yelling and stomping on him, the New York Post reported.

He then fled the scene.

Police said the victim was left bloodied and that he suffered severe bruising and a laceration to his head as a result of the attack, according to WNYW.

He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The victim’s identity was not immediately released.

Investigators the suspect and the victim had gotten into an argument prior to the incident, WNYW reported.

Police apprehended the suspect on Dec. 7 on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and attempted assault, the New York Post reported.

He has been identified as 36-year-old Karim Azizi.

Less than 24 hours after his arrest, Azizi appeared before a Manhattan Supreme Court judge who set his bail at just $7,500, the New York Post reported.

Prosecutors had urged the judge to set his bail at $40,000.

Azizi posted bail hours later and walked out of jail.

John Jay College Professor Michael Alcazar, a former New York Police Department (NYPD) detective who served his department for 30 years, said the $7,500 bail is a “really low” amount that would be easy for many suspects to post, WNYW reported.

“We caught him, we arrested him. We processed him, they release him. It’s just insanity,” Alcazar said.

Under New York’s bail reform measures, judges cannot consider a suspect’s “dangerousness” or the potential threat they pose to the community when they are setting bail, Alcazar told the news outlet.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and New York City Mayor Eric Adams have both urged lawmakers to add a “dangerousness” clause to the bail reform laws so judges would have more leeway to keep violent offenders locked up, WNYW reported.

But critics have claimed that determining what qualifies as “dangerousness” is too susceptible to bias and prejudice.

“This was supposedly not pre-meditated, just a little bit of word exchange, and he just happens to have a bat?” Alcazar asked. “This is a dangerous person. You’re carrying around a weapon, like a bat a knife a gun, you’re a bad guy and you should stay in jail until the judge sees fit to impose whatever time you’re going to get.”

Azizi’s attorney, Jason Goldman, said his client deserves to be free.

“We can’t hold people in cages in modern-day slavery until they wait for trial… the system cannot work that way,” Goldman told WNYW. “The court heard arguments on both sides and came to its decision. Whether it’s low or not they set an appropriate amount to ensure that he returns. And that’s what the law is and that’s how the system works.”

He noted his client has no criminal history, has lived in New York his entire life, and that he has three children to take care of.

“Bail was set and posted,” Goldman told the New York Post. “Therefore, those who are angry [about him being freed] are, by default, asking for remand for anyone arrested in the city now.”

“The same outrage should be leveled when people are remanded or kept on Rikers due to enormous bail, then two years later walk free on an acquittal after trial and are merely given a pat on the back on the way out,” he added.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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