Karim Azizi, 36, of Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States is a father of three. He allegedly had a previous verbal argument with a homeless man, 47.
On the morning of November 29, 2022, Azizi was caught on camera walking behind the homeless man on a sidewalk outside Golden Wok on Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights. The former was fiddling with an orange baseball bat in his pants with the handle covered by a hooded sweatshirt
Azizi was wearing a hooded Nike sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and black sneakers. At around 8:06 a.m., Azizi pulled the baseball bat from his pants and hit the homeless man in the back of the head.
As shown in the video, Azizi angrily yelled over the homeless man, who was lying on the sidewalk after being knocked to the ground. At one point, the attacker appeared to stomp the victim before leaving.
Ambulance took the victim to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in New York City. He suffered a laceration to the head and bruises and is now in stable condition.
On the morning of December 7, 2022, New York City Police Department officers arrested Azizi from his house in Hamilton Heights and charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon. In the afternoon, he was paraded in front of the press.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office requested that bail be set at $40,000 cash but the judge set bail at $7,500. Hours later, Azizi posted the bail and walked out of court.