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Man accused of slashing woman in Chelsea arrested in separate, similar attack

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 16:54:08-05

MANHATTAN — The Bronx man accused of slashing a woman in the face in Chelsea has been arrested and charged in yet another slashing of a woman back in November, police say.

Career criminal Kari Bazemore, 41, has been charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the attack of a woman in Midtown on Nov. 11.

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The most recent attack happened Wednesday when 24-year-old Amanda Lynn Morris was walking to work in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Police say the 43-year-old woman was walking on Fifth Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets around 11:52 a.m. when the suspect ran up to her and, unprovoked, slashed her in the face with an unknown blunt object. The suspect then fled the area.

The woman suffered injuries to her face and head.

This information comes after a similar attack in December on Sixth Avenue and most recently, on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Police say he’s previously been arrested 32 times.

The most recent attack happened Wednesday when 24-year-old Amanda Lynn Morris was walking to work in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood around 6 a.m. when she says a man approached her and slashed the left side of her face before fleeing.

She received stitches at Bellevue Hospital.

Morris described the ordeal as “a difficult day that I never thought I would have to go through” on her personal Facebook page. She said was the victim of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

About 12 hours later, authorities say a man who was walking near St. Patrick’s Cathedral recognized the suspect from surveillance video he’d seen on television. He called 911 and began to follow the suspect before alerting two mounted police officers.

Bazemore is in police custody.