A 36-year-old man suspected of battering a pedestrian across the head with a baseball bat on an NYC street was arrested and paraded in front of the press on Wednesday afternoon.
Karim Azizi was arrested from his house in Harlem on Wednesday morning – just around the corner from where he is accused of attacking a 47-year-old man last Tuesday.
The victim was a total stranger to Azizi when he struck him over the head and the bizarre act of aggression was totally arbitrary, police have said.
The arrest comes just days after police published surveillance footage of the incident, which happened outside of a Chinese takeaway in Hamilton Heights.
Azizi was arrested on charges of attempted assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Karim Azizi (pictured left), 36, was transferred to Central Booking on Wednesday afternoon after his arrest for hitting a man over the head with a baseball bat in Harlem
Azizi (center) was arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday morning at his home in Harlem
Police released video of the incident which shows the suspect walking behind the victim outside a Chinese takeaway Golden Wok on 1770 Amsterdam Avenue.
He sped up slightly to catch a glimpse of the man, who was wearing a red puffer jacket, and fumbled with the baseball bat, which was stored in the right leg of his pants.
He then pulls the bat fully from his pants before swinging it with force at the 47-year-old’s head from behind, causing him to immediately collapse forward.
The suspect then walks away before shortly returning to taunt the man on the ground before making off for good.
The victim was rushed to a hospital in Harlem with a gash to his head and bruises but was in a stable condition after the attack. He is expected to be OK.
Azizi is suspected of beating a man over the head with a baseball bat in what police said was an unprovoked attack
Surveillance footage captured the moment the man attacked a pedestrian walking in Harlem with a baseball bat. Police have arrested a suspect – Karim Azizi, 36
The suspect (pictured) is believed to be Karim Azizi, 36
The crime took place at around 10am on Tuesday November 29 outside the Golden Wok takeaway in Hamilton Heights
Azizi was arrested at his home in Harlem, according to police, just a few hundred meters from where the attack happened
The 47-year-old victim was left lying on the ground after the attack