After urging a gang of youths to stop harassing an elderly man, a Fox News weatherman was severely attacked on the New York City subway.
Adam Klotz, 37, was struck in the face and kicked in the chest by “five or six” youths, resulting in a black eye and injured ribs.
According to a police source who spoke to the New York Post, three of the teenagers—two of whom were 15 and one of whom was 17—were apprehended by police who collected their information and phoned their parents to come pick them up early on Sunday.
According to official statistics, there was a 30% increase in subway crime in 2022 compared to 2021.
Indiana-born Klotz used Instagram to explain his facial injuries and to provide background information on the assault, which occurred at roughly 1.15am near the 18th Street station by the 1 line.
After watching the New York Giants’ NFL playoff game, he claimed to be on his way home when he saw the teenagers pestering an elderly guy.
The elderly guy was being harassed by this bunch of seven or eight youngsters as he rode the subway home last night after watching the [New York] Giants game at a club.
I was like, “Yo, guys, cut it out,” Klotz continued. They said, “Okay, if he’s not getting it, you’re getting it,” and boy did they give it to me. They had me on the ground; in addition, my ribs had several bruises. They were successful.
Klotz claimed to be protecting an elderly guy who was okay and able to escape harm.
According to a representative for the NYPD, “Juvenile reports were produced, and their parents were asked to bring them up.”
The weatherman said that Klotz’s wounds will heal despite the fact that his face was visibly bruised and sore and that both of his eyelids were red and purple. “I had X-rays.” I’m OK. All of this will become better. So everything is wonderful, he said.
You need to see the other person, Klotz said in jest. “My side is far worse than my face, and the other man isn’t even a guy,” I said. Kids are involved. five or six youngsters.
Although the NYPD seems to have caught three of the adolescents, it appears that the other minors managed to get away.
Although Klotz quipped, “New York City!” he did not seem to be aware that some of the teens were freed after he claimed they had been “grabbed” in the video. The New York City!
On Sunday afternoon, a request for response from the NYPD went unanswered.
Although there was an increase in crime on the subway last year, Mayor Eric Adams has argued that these figures are just a result of more people utilizing it in post-pandemic New York.
In contrast to the city’s overall major crime rate, which increased by 22% in 2022, subway crime increased by 30%.
The city has tried to send out extra NYPD officers to staff stations in response to the high crime rate in the subway. According to Bloomberg, the agency is spending an extra $20 million on police overtime each month this year.
Adams and Chief of Transit Michael Kemper instead decided to compare the 2022 figure with 2019 during their meeting earlier this month.
“Subway crime decreased by 7.7% between 2022 and 2019, reaching its lowest level since 2014. In actuality, 2022 had the lowest total crime in transit rates compared to pre-pandemic years, according to Kemper.