‘They were trying to knock me out’: Fox News weatherman beaten by marauding gang of teens on lawless NYC subway says he is lucky to be alive – as he calls on Mayor Eric Adams to do more to stop future attacks
- Adam Klotz, 37, recounted how he was attacked by seven teenagers on board a subway train early Sunday morning
- Three juveniles were arrested following the assault but were released
- Klotz is now calling on Mayor Eric Adams to do more to secure the subways
Adam Klotz, 37, was assaulted by a gang of around seven teenagers on board the Number 1 train early Sunday morning after he intervened on behalf of an elderly man they were harassing.
He was transported to a local hospital following the attack, and continues to suffer from severe bruising on his face.
But three teenagers detained at the scene were ultimately released and were not charged, with police saying that he failed to report the incident.
Police are now continuing to investigate the incident, they told DailyMail.com, but Klotz says Mayor Eric Adams should do more to ensure such an assault never happens again.
Adam Klotz, 37, described how he was assaulted by a group of seven teenagers on board a subway train early Sunday morning
The meteorologist appeared bruised around his eyes as he described the assault to FOX News host Tucker Carlson Monday night.
Klotz called on New York City Mayor Eric Adams to do more to ensure these types of assaults will not continue.
‘I want there to be something done,’ he said. ‘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?’
‘What I want is some sort of change,’ he said. ‘I don’t want this to happen to somebody else and I don’t think necessarily just these kids getting in trouble [is enough.]
‘Like where’s the structural things?’ Klotz asked. ‘Like put some cops down there.’
The FOX News meteorologist still had bruising around his eyes as he recounted the harrowing incident, in which he tried to stop the teens from harassing an elderly man
He said he was on the train home from a bar, where he watched the New York Giants NFL playoff game at around 12.45am Sunday, when he saw ‘a group of, I’d say like seven teens’ starting to assault an elderly man.
Klotz said he watched in horror as ‘one started to light up a joint, and with the lighter still in his hand, just put a live lighter in an elderly man’s hair and it blew up like a matchbook. His entire head was on fire.’
He said he then decided to intervene, telling the raucous kids, ‘Whoa guys, you can’t do that.
‘And then they just did not wanna be told what they couldn’t do. So then, suddenly, the focus was on me,’ he recounted.
At that point, Klotz said one of the teenagers asked him: ‘You gotta problem?’
‘I said, “Yeah, you can’t do that,”‘ Klotz told Carlson. ‘And he’s like, “Try to stop me.”
‘And you know, it just escalated. And it was a group of seven guys.
‘So I caught a good left, a pretty good left, kind of put my head back into the wall.’
Another teen started attacking him from the right, he said, and ‘no one else said anything other than “Hey, you should get off the car.”
Klotz had injuries to boy eyes and grazes on his face, but said the wounds to his body were worse in a video uploaded to Instagram account on Sunday
Ultimately, Klotz said, he decided to move to a ‘whole other car on the train at a stop.
‘We go ta whole other stop. The doors open. I kind of think it’s over,’ he said.
But the group ‘comes and gang rushes me and jumps on me and just starts beating me and kicking me,’ he said.
‘I hear “Put him to sleep, put him to sleep, put him to sleep,”‘ Klotz said. ‘They wanted to knock me out.
‘And my goal at that point was to cover my head because once you’re unconscious, who knows what’s gonna happen?
‘And I was able to avoid that, but I got kicked up and down the side, kind of stomped on. They got their licks in for sure.’
Klotz had earlier told FOX and Friends that he continues to suffer from severe bruising on his side and struggles to bend his knee.
He was treated at a local hospital following the attack, but was released.
Video shows two of the suspects stood side by side after being handcuffed by cops
One of the teens looks at the camera as he is handcuffed by officers by the 18 Street Station
A third teenagers is filmed being escorted into an NYPD van by officers on Sunday morning
Following the attack, a spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed to DailyMail.com, two 15-year-old men and one 17-year-old had been arrested but were released to their guardians with Juvenile Reports for Assault.
In a statement, the spokesman said the elderly man who was assaulted did not reman on the scene to report the incident.
He added that ‘the three juveniles apprehended were released to their guardians pending the outcome of the investigation into the entire event, including their conduct toward the elderly male victim.’
Klotz told FOX News he was also advised to pursue charges.
New York citizens appeared horrified by the news as they took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the lack of charges.
One user wrote: ‘Why were the thugs who attacked Adam Klotz released? How can anyone feel safe in the city?’
Another said: ‘Not one of these creatures spent even a night in jail. While Adam Klotz survived the attack, the next victim might not.’
A third added: ‘Fox News weatherman Adam Klotz was badly beaten & stomped by 7 or 8 juveniles on an NYC subway train.
‘3 of the suspects were arrested but were released with NO CHARGES because they were juveniles. NY is not safe & nothing is being done about it.’
Another, who lives outside of the city, simply wrote: ‘Thank God I don’t live in NY.’
The beating happened at around 1.15am at 18th Street station by the 1 train
The suspects are not facing criminal charges as adults due to their age, officers confirmed.
But the 17-year-old suspect could have been charged as an adult before the state’s ‘raise the age’ law which was implemented in 2019. The revised law upped the age a youngster can be charged as an adult from 17 to 18.
None of the boys’ names have been released but new footage shows them being arrested.
In the clip, the suspects are lined up side-by-side while flanked by cops.
All three appear to be wearing handcuffs and looking at the ground.
Another piece of footage shows the teens later being escorted into an NYPD van by cops.
Juveniles found guilty of a crime do not have to undergo the same jail sentences as if they were an adult.
Instead they face lesser punishments which range from: imposing formal or informal probation, enrollment in a special school for juvenile offenders, or commitment to the City’s Juvenile detention center.
Klotz is now calling on Mayor Eric Adams to do more to ensure assaults do not continue on the subway system
NYPD data showed transit crime had risen 42% through October 2022. For the full year Subway crime was up 30 percent
The attack comes as data shows that subway crime in New York increased by 30 percent between 2021 and 2022.
And according to the New York Post, there have been 21 murders on the subway system since 2020. That is more than the 20 murders recorded in the more than a decade between 2008 to 2019, combined.
Adams has suggested that those statistics are merely a reflection of the fact that more people are using it in post-pandemic New York.
In response to the subway’s high crime rate the city has sought to deploy more NYPD officers to man stations. This year the department is spending an additional $20million each month on police overtime, Bloomberg reported.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the mayor’s office for comment.