(UnitedVoice.com) – New York City is one of several big metropolitan areas that has seen an uptick in crime over the last couple of years. The subway in The Big Apple has been especially dangerous. That is exactly where an attack on a media figure took place.
On Sunday, January 22, Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz posted an Instagram story telling his followers a group of children on the subway had beaten him up. He looked bruised and battered in the video but still had a sense of humor. He asked where the parents of the kids who beat him up were and laughingly pleaded, “Don’t let your kids come beat me up in the middle of the night again, please.”
In a follow-up, Klotz explained that he was on the train after watching the Giants game at a bar the night before when he saw an older man “being hassled” by the group of roughly seven or eight teenagers. Subsequent news reports revealed the kids were allegedly trying to light the gentleman’s hair on fire. Klotz told them to stop, so they turned on him.
The meteorologist told his followers that the kids knocked him on the ground and began assaulting him. In addition to the injuries to his face, the teenagers bruised his ribs.
Adam Klotz said he was attacked after he called out a group of teenagers who'd set an elderly passenger's hair on fire. https://t.co/W2NwomrIhy
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 24, 2023
The group chased Klotz to another subway car when he tried to run away. There were four teenagers who followed him off the train in Manhattan. NYPD officers apprehended two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old; the other teen got away.
The suspects were charged with assault and released. They are being prosecuted as juveniles. Klotz was taken to the hospital and later released.
According to Bloomberg, NYC subway crime increased by 30% in 2022 from the previous year. The crime rose despite the fact that the mayor deployed thousands of officers to patrol the vast transit system, and it’s coming at a significant price. The NYPD is shelling out an extra $20 million monthly to cover overtime costs.
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