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Accused NYC bat attacker is back on street after posting bail

The Manhattan man busted for a brutal caught-on-camera bat attack is back on the street after making bail, court records show.

Karim Azizi, 36, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the Nov. 6 attack on Amsterdam Avenue and West 148th Street, according to police.

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge set Azizi’s bail at $7,500 — about a fifth of the $40,000 amount prosecutors sought, calling the suspect a “flight risk” and with the “likeliness to evade prosecution,” given he’d fled the scene, Fox News said.

Azizi, who police said has no prior arrests, posted the lower bail within hours, according to court records and his lawyer.

He is accused of pulling a bat from his pants and swinging it at a 47-year-old man, who is homeless, sending the victim tumbling to the ground.

Karim Azizi is walked into the Manhattan Detention Complex on Dec. 7, 2022 in New York.
Karim Azizi is due back in court next week.
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Footage captured Azizi then walking away before returning and stomping on the victim, cops say.

Law-enforcement sources have said the pair had an argument before the incident.

“Bail was set and posted. Therefore, those who are angry [about him being freed] are, by default, asking for remand for anyone arrested in the city now,” Azizi’s lawyer, Jason Goldman, told The Post on Friday.

Karim Azizi allegedly pulls a baseball bat from his pants and hits an unsuspecting man in the back of the head.
Karim Azizi allegedly pulled a baseball bat from his pants before hitting the
unsuspecting homeless man.

“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,” Goldman said.

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