A bruised and bloodied Fox News meteorologist reportedly said on Sunday that eight teens rushed him on a New York City subway train after he intervened to stop them from abusing an elderly guy.
Adam Klotz, 37, a FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network meteorologist, shared a video on Instagram showing scratches and bruises on his face after the incident.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning while Klotz was on his way home on the No. 1 train after watching the New York Giants NFL playoff game at a club.
Around 1:00 a.m., the adolescents, who were apparently using marijuana, and were harassing an older man on the train, at which time Klotz attempted to step in and protect him.
After Klotz tried to protect the older man the gang of juveniles allegedly turned their ire on him.
Klotz said the adolescents choked him and injured his ribs in the course of giving him a severe beating.
Klotz stated that the elderly man he protected departed without harm, while the weatherman was x-rayed and treated for non-life threatening injuries at Bellevue Hospital.
Authorities apprehended three of the suspects — two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old — when they attempted to exit the subway train at the 18th Street stop, according to sources.
The NYPD official noted that because to the suspects’ age, the agency was not able to charge them, and the crime was formally classed as a misdemeanor.
A 2019 statute, however, increased the age for a child to be prosecuted as an adult from 17 to 18 years old.
In 2022, crime on the subway in New York City grew by 30 percent, outpacing the citywide growth of 22 percent.
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