Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz was brutally beaten NYC Underground by a group of teenagers after interceding for an elderly man whose hair they had set on fire. But he’s not focused on potentially pressing charges against the teens.
Klotz said that while he was advised to file charges against the teens who assaulted him, he told Fox News Monday he wanted Mayor Eric Adams “to do something more long-term so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else, more than me.” kind of revenge in the short term.”
Klotz was riding the No. 1 train on his way home after watching the Giants-Eagles NFL playoff game at a Manhattan bar after midnight Saturday when he noticed a group of teenagers walking by an “elderly gentleman” molested him before setting his hair on fire with a joint, he recalled in an interview with Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday.
“His whole head was on fire. And I sat right there and watched it and how can you not [say] “Woah people, you can’t do that,” said Klotz. “They just didn’t want to be told what they couldn’t do, so suddenly I was the focus.”
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When the group of seven teenagers verbally taunted him, Klotz exited the subway car hoping to end the interaction. But the group followed him, “kicking and punching” him to the ground.
“I actually moved to another car on the train at one stop. We drive a whole stop. The doors are opening, I think it’s over,” said Klotz. “The whole group comes and the gang charges at me and jumps on me, just starts punching and kicking me. They wanted to knock me unconscious. My goal back then was just to cover my head, because as soon as you’re unconscious. Who knows what will happen?
Klotz, who had visible bruises above his eyes in the TV interview, told Fox & Friends that he suffered from heavy brushing on his side and had trouble bending his knee. He was treated at a local hospital after the attack.
Three of the teenage suspects were stopped by police in connection with the attack but were released to their parents without charge.
“Juvenile reports were made and their parents were called to pick them up,” an NYPD representative told the New York Post.
Klotz called on New York City Mayor Eric Adams to increase policing in the transit system to protect passengers from subway violence.
“I want something done…why is the meteorologist on the train trying to stop crime in the middle of the night?” For example, where is Eric Adams? Where is the city? Why do I do this? Why is that? me?” he said on Monday.
“What I want is some kind of change. I don’t want that to happen to anyone else, and I don’t think it’s necessarily just those kids that get in trouble, like, where’s the structural stuff? Put some cops down there, for example,” Klotz continued.
There have been about 21 homicides on the subway system since 2020, the New York Post reported. According to the data, that’s more than the 20 murders totaled between 2008 and 2019.
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In October, a Good Samaritan was stabbed to death on the #6 train just before 6 a.m. Wednesday at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall. The 31-year-old man was trying to resolve a dispute between two women when one of the women reportedly stabbed him in the neck, shoulder and arm.
Adams was criticized at the time for downplaying the attack, arguing that most New Yorkers use the system with no problem.
“We’re going to address these crimes that are taking place and we’re going to continue to work on these six crimes a day that we’re witnessing,” he said, according to the New York Post.
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“But,” he added, “I know that 3.5 million people use our system every day without any encounter.”
Fox News’ Emma Colton and Bailee Hill contributed to this report.