Teens on a NYC subway attacked meteorologist Adam Klotz after he objected to their setting a man’s hair on fire.
The Fox weatherman described their actions, including how they followed him to another car and pounced on him, according to a Townhall report.
Townhall further reported:
Yesterday, we told you about Fox News weatherman Adam Klotz’s harrowing ordeal on a New York City subway over the weekend. We relayed a few basic facts as reported by the New York Post, which pursued the story after a bloodied and bruised Klotz posted about the incident on his Instagram. We knew the basic facts that Klotz was beaten by a group of teenagers after he objected to their harassment of an older passenger. On my radio show yesterday, Klotz offered more context and details — which make the episode even worse, and far scarier. Take less than two minutes and listen to his account, in-depth:
What did we learn here? We learned that the pack of assailants weren’t merely “harassing” an older passenger on the train. While they were lighting up drugs, they deliberately lit the man’s hair on fire, apparently just for their own amusement. Those actions represent two crimes, one of them very serious, right off the bat. As the man frantically extinguished the fire on his head, Klotz told the group that they couldn’t do that to someone, which is when they turned their attention and wrath to him. It sounds like one of the ringleaders feigned umbrage over Klotz scolding them for their dangerous act, sneering that nobody could tell them what to do. One of the teens punched Klotz in the face. That’s when another person on the train (Klotz says the car was pretty full, despite the late hour) suggested that Klotz get out of there, before events spiraled further into something more dangerous. The disoriented and reeling weather man agreed, moving to an adjacent car — along with all the other passengers in his car. No one wanted to be around the violent teens.
That’s when the assault took an even worse turn. At the next stop (after Klotz relocated to de-escalate), the pack of teens barged into the car he’d retreated to, and ambushed him. That’s where the major assault occurred. They punched, and stomped and kicked. Klotz said elsewhere in the interview that he could hear some of them shouting “put him to sleep,” apparently a reference to knocking him out cold. He said he focused on protecting his head and neck, and staying conscious, thus exposing his body and torso to multiple punishing blows. Other passengers tried to get help, but did not directly intervene. In short, these ‘children’ (several of the suspects were aged 15-17) were openly using drugs in public, intentionally set a man’s hair on fire, assaulted a bystander who mildly intervened to protect their initial victim — and then went out of their way to re-escalate the confrontation after it had halted — making an active choice to chase their target into a new train car to further beat him, sending him to a local hospital.
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