Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz, 37, was viciously beaten on a Manhattan subway train in the wee hours of Sunday morning by a gang of teen boys when he objected to them putting out a joint in the hair of an older man.
(Video Credit: FOX 5 New York)
“I was like, whoa, you can’t do that,” Klotz told the hosts, “That’s not cool, and that’s all it took, and then I was the focus of all their attention.”
“I want there to be something done. … Why is the weather guy on the train trying to stop crime in the middle of the night? Like, where is Eric Adams? Where’s the city? Why am I doing this? Why is it up to me?” he asked.
“I get off that train after taking a punch,” Klotz recounted to “Fox & Friends.”
“The whole group, the doors open again at another stop, the whole group just comes and bum rushes me, and suddenly I’m like, on the ground. I’m getting kicked in the side. I’m getting wailed on. They were trying to knock me out, and then once you’re unconscious, and you’re getting punched like there’s no defense, so I was just doing my absolute best to cover my head. So I kind of get knocked out, and now my side is black and blue. My knee, I can hardly bend because I was getting kicked and punched.”
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Beatings on the subway in New York are now a common occurrence as Mayor Eric Adams does next to nothing to stop them and even if someone is arrested, more often than not, they are cut loose to commit another crime by Manhattan’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
In his video, the weatherman appeared bruised and battered as he described heading home on the train after watching the New York Giants NFL playoff game at a bar with friends. As he was sitting on the train bench, he saw “this older gentleman was being hassled by this group of seven or eight teens.”
“I was like, ‘Yo, guys, cut that out.’ And they decided, ‘All right if he’s not going to get it, you’re going to get it.’ And boy did they give it to me,” Klotz recounted. “They had me on the ground. My ribs are all bruised up, too. They got their hits in.”
“Why is the weather guy trying to stop crime in NYC? Where is @ericadamsfornyc?”
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) January 23, 2023
The attack happened on a No. 1 train around 1:15 am according to police sources. Klotz confronted the teens who were getting high when they put the joint out in the older man’s hair, setting it on fire.
After beating the Fox News meteorologist, the suspects fled the train at the 18th Street station. two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old were soon apprehended by police. Not long after that, they were cut loose.
“Juvenile reports were prepared, and their parents were called to pick them up,” a representative for the NYPD stated on Sunday.
(Video Credit: Daily Mail)
It’s unknown why the trio was released without being charged for the assault. An NYPD spokesman claimed on Sunday that the department didn’t have that option because of their ages and the fact that the crime involved an apparent misdemeanor, according to the New York Post. That statement left many wondering exactly how almost beating someone to death is considered a misdemeanor.
Among the crimes Bragg said his office would not prosecute are marijuana misdemeanors, including selling more than three ounces; not paying public transportation fare; trespassing except a fourth-degree stalking charge, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in certain cases, and prostitution, according to CNN. Assault doesn’t appear to be on that list.
A representative for the city Law Department, which prosecutes juvenile crimes in the Big Apple, immediately started to conduct damage control as word of the assault went viral. He said in an e-mail that the victim has to file a complaint with the Department of Probation before it gets involved, which seems to indicate that the suspects were already on probation for prior offenses. Probation would then decide whether to refer the case to the Law Department for prosecution, the representative asserted.
Klotz wound up in Bellevue Hospital, getting treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He certainly looks worse for the wear after the attack, sporting two black eyes among injuries to his ribs.
“You should see the other guy,” he joked on Instagram.
Adam was simply trying to help an elderly man who was being harassed by teens who put a marijuana joint out on the man's head. Wishing Adam a speedy recovery. Beyond selfless and brave to step in. https://t.co/5XZv5Rts6h
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) January 23, 2023
“My side — don’t laugh — my side is so much worse than my face. And the thing is the other guy is not really a guy. It’s children. Five or six children. Where are the parents? Parents, watch your children,” he warned.
The man he defended is reportedly okay but Klotz could have been killed during the assault.
“And the cops grabbed a couple of these kids, and, you know, I got X-rays. I’m OK. This is all going to heal. So, it’s all good,” he commented.
“New York City! What a place. The Big Apple,” the Indiana native remarked.
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