ABC 7 New York reports that New York City has just released a suspect who stands accused of carrying out an attack on a man with a baseball bat.
The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Karim Azizi.
The incident took place on Nov. 29 in Hamilton Heights, New York. And, it was caught on camera. You can find the footage here.
The footage shows the two men from behind. It starts off with the victim - a man wearing a red jacket - walking down the street and with the suspect - a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt - walking quickly in order to catch up to the victim. The suspect is also clearly holding onto an object that he has concealed in his sweatpants.
The suspect catches up to the victim, and, because another person happens to walk right between the suspect and the victim, the suspect takes a detour to the left. The suspect waits for the bystander to pass, and once he does, the suspect turns to the victim and pulls a baseball bat out of his pants.
The suspect then proceeds to wind up and hit the victim in the back of the head with the baseball bat. The victim falls to the ground and rolls around. As this is happening, the suspect holds the bat as if to strike again, but he doesn't. Instead, he recognizes the damage that he has done and he appears to point and say something to the victim.
The suspect, at this point, proceeds to walk away. But, for some reason - it appears that the victim may have said something - the suspect walks back to the victim, stands over him, and starts saying something to him. Then, the suspect kicks the victim or pretends to kick the victim - it is difficult to tell which because of the angle of the footage.
The two men exchange some words. Then, the suspect turns and walks away while continuing to shout something at the victim.
It was subsequently revealed that the victim, a 47-year-old homeless man, suffered a cut to his face, swelling on the back of his head, and bleeding on his face and head. It has also been revealed that the two men had gotten into a verbal altercation prior to the attack, but it is unclear why.
The police identified Azizi as the suspect, and they arrested him and charged him with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
At the initial hearing, bail was set at either $7,500 in cash or $20,000 in bonds.
Azizi posted bail and was released on the same day that he was charged.
It's just another example of New York City's judicial system favoring the criminal.
As former New York Police Department detective Michael Alcazar put it, "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."