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New York man charged with baseball bat attack released on bail

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A New York man accused of brutally attacking a homeless man from behind with a baseball bat has been released from jail after posting $7,500 bond.

Karim Azizi, 36, was arrested and charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon on Wednesday after being caught on security footage allegedly assaulting a 47-year-old man on Amsterdam Avenue and West 148th Street in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan on Tuesday.

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The victim, a homeless man, suffered multiple injuries, including “bleeding in the face and head, swelling in the back of the head, and a laceration in the front of the head,” according to an affidavit from arrest through the New York Post. He was taken to a hospital in Harlem and noted to be in stable condition.

A police source told the Job that the victim and the man were in a verbal altercation before the attack.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office requested that Azizi’s bond be set at $40,000, but a judge set it at $7,500. The alleged attacker was released the same day he was charged.

The Big Apple’s current crime wave has prompted city officials to push for a ‘dangerousness’ clause to be added to New York’s No Bail law, which would give judges more leeway to keep offenders violent in prison, Fox 5 reported. The proposed clause was approved by Mayor Eric Adams (D) and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

Azizi’s lawyer criticized those who were calling for the clause, saying, “Ninety-nine percent of the people who get out on bail…they go to every court appointment, they don’t never commit another crime again, in their life, especially while out on bail.”

However, data shows that 4 in 10 suspects released from jail from January 2020 to January 2021 due to the state’s No Bail law have been re-arrested, Breitbart News reported. New York’s No Bail law was implemented in 2020 and eliminated cash bail for a range of crimes.

While Azizi was required to post money to be released, instead of not posting bail, the judge was criticized for setting the amount at a seemingly low figure for a suspect charged with a violent crime.

“A $7,500 cash bond is really low,” Michael Alcazar, a former NYPD detective for 30 years, told Fox 5. “We caught him, we arrested him. We treated him, they released him, it’s just madness.

“He is a dangerous person. You are carrying a weapon, like a bat, a knife, a gun, you are a bad guy and you should stay in jail until the judge sees fit to impose the time that you are going to have,” added Alcazar.

Azizi is due in court again on Monday, Fox News reported.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.



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