New York City’s crime wave continues as police are currently searching for a suspect who brutally attacked an unsuspecting man from behind with a baseball bat on Tuesday.
This masked man is seen pulling an orange bat from his pants — and clobbering a victim on a Harlem street.
🚨 The NYPD is looking for this man, seen hitting the 47-year-old man on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 148th St. on Tuesday.https://t.co/Ie1ZVRh67n
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 4, 2022
While the victim was walking down the street at approximately 8:06 a.m. in front of 1770 Amsterdam Avenue in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, an unknown individual began approaching him from behind.
The attacker is seen on the security footage waiting for a passerby who is walking in the opposite direction to leave the area before removing an orange baseball bat from his pants. He then swings the bat at the 47-year-old victim’s head, causing him to fall to the ground from the impact of the blow.
The suspect then begins to walk away from the victim, but approaches him again and appears to taunt him and stomp on him before finally fleeing the scene.
According to police, the victim was later transported via EMS to NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem and was reported to be in stable condition.
The suspect has been described as a male who was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with “Nike” emblazoned on the front, along with gray sweatpants and black sneakers.
Police have asked that anyone with information related to the attack call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), contact Crime Stoppers via their website, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
This incident is just the latest in a disturbing trend of skyrocketing crime in big cities across the United States, including New York City.
Breitbart News reports: “Major crime in the Big Apple has increased by over 26 percent overall since last year, according to NYPD data. In the neighborhood where the attack occurred — the NYPD’s 30th police district — robbery is up by 24 percent, while felony assault is up 14.1 percent from last year.”
Crime has been especially bad in areas in which Democrats have instituted soft-on-crime policies, such as New York’s bail reform.
NYPD data shows that the state’s “No Bail” law has contributed to New York City’s rising crime wave, as approximately one in five suspects who were arrested for burglary or theft were later arrested again on a felony offense just 60 days after being released from jail thanks to bail reform.
Republicans have long been speaking out about the crime surge, and the soft-on-crime policies that contribute to the problem. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who ran a strong but ultimately unsuccessful campaign for governor of New York, recently discussed the issue in an interview on Fox News.
Every day, the left's pro-crime policies in New York are creating new victims, causing new pain, and daring more residents to flee permanently. I joined @KennedyNation on @FoxBusiness last night to discuss. pic.twitter.com/ghFOOtZPBl
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) December 1, 2022