A Fox News weatherman was severely assaulted on the New York City subway in the early hours of Sunday morning after telling a group of teens to stop harassing an elderly man.
Adam Klotz, 37, was beaten by the group of ‘five or six’ teenagers, who punched him in the face and kicked him in the chest, leaving him with a black eye and bruised ribs.
Three of the teens, two aged 15 and one aged 17, were caught by police who took down their details and contacted their parents to pick them up, a police source told the New York Post.
According to data from the city, subway crime was up 30 percent by 2022 compared to 2021.
Fox News weatherman Adam Klotz, 37, was beaten by teens on the subway after telling them to stop harassing an old man
Klotz had injuries to the boy’s eyes and abrasions to his face, but said the wounds to his body were worse
Klotz, who is originally from Indiana, took to Instagram to explain the injuries to his face and give context to the incident, which happened around 1:15 a.m. near the 18th Street station on the 1 train.
He said he was on his way home after watching the New York Giants NFL playoff game when he saw the teens harassing an old man.
“Got home last night from watching the [New York] Giant game in a bar, on the subway, this elderly gentleman was harassed by this group of seven or eight teenagers,” he said.
Klotz added, “I was like, ‘Yo, guys, stop that.’ And they decided, “Okay, he’s not getting it, then you will,” and boy, they gave it to me. They had me on the floor, my ribs are all bruised too. They’ve got their hits in.”
The beating happened at about 1:15 a.m. at the 18th Street station by the 1 train
The old man Klotz said he was defending was fine and got away unharmed, he said.
“Juvenile reports were prepared and their parents were called to pick them up,” an NYPD representative told the Post on Sunday.
Klotz’s face was clearly beaten and tender, with both eyelids red and purple, but the weatherman clarified that his injuries would heal. “I have X-rays. I’m doing well. This is all going to heal. So, it’s all good,’ he said.
“You should see the other guy,” Klotz joked. “My side is so much worse than my face, and the thing is, the other man isn’t really a man.” They are children. Five or six children.’
It appears that while three teens were apprehended by the NYPD, the rest managed to escape. While Klotz said on the video that some of the teens were “seized,” it’s not clear if he knew they’d been released, but he joked, “New York City! New York City!” The big apple!’
The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment Sunday afternoon.
NYPD data showed that transit crime was up 42% through October 2022. For the full year, subway crime was up 30 percent
Subway crime was up last year, but Mayor Eric Adams has suggested those statistics are just a reflection of more people using them in post-pandemic New York.
Subway crime is up 30 percent by 2022, more than the 22 percent increase in overall serious crime citywide.
In response to the subway’s high crime rate, the city has sought to deploy more NYPD officers to staff stations. This year, the department is spending an additional $20 million each month on police overtime, Bloomberg reported.
However, at a conference earlier this month involving Adams and Chief of Transit Michael Kemper, the two chose to compare the 2022 number to that of 2019.
“When comparing 2022 crime to 2019, subway crime was down 7.7 percent and it was the lowest since 2014. In fact, when comparing total transportation crime in 2022 to the years before the pandemic, it was the lowest year in more than 25 years,” Kemper said.