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Karl Baker

A Starkville man is charged with felony aggravated assault after police say he tried to run over someone with his car before then trying to strike the victim with a baseball bat.

The Starkville Police Department on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. charged 56-year-old Karl Baker with aggravated assault and details were released through a public records request.

Court documents allege Baker accelerated the vehicle attempting to run the victim over, before exiting the vehicle and chasing after the victim with a bat in the parking lot of an apartment complex on East Garrard Road.

Baker was transported to the Oktibbeha County Jail and his bond was set at $5,000 bond.

Those found guilty of aggravated assault can face up to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Before his arrest on Sunday, court records reveal a lengthy criminal history for Baker, who was last convicted on a grand larceny indictment after pleading guilty to stealing a red Ford Contour in June 2010.

On that charge, Circuit Judge Lee Howard sentenced Baker to seven years in prison with three years post-release supervision. He was officially released from his all claims last June, records show.

In addition to those charges, Baker also had previous charges of felony shoplifting, felony taking of a motor vehicle and burglary.

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