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A Fox News meteorologist is beaten in the New York subway after berating teenagers who abused an elderly man

2023-01-25T00:32:31.130Z

Adam Klotz, 37, said four young men smoking marijuana tried to set a passenger's hair on fire. The attack that left him with a black eye is only the most recent in the saga of violence that the city's subway is experiencing.



By Uwa Ede-Osifo -

NBC News

A meteorologist for the Fox News television network was struck by a group of teenagers on the New York City subway on Sunday as he was walking home from leaving a bar, police said.

Adam Klotz, 37, was beaten after berating four teenagers to stop smoking marijuana and harassing an elderly passenger, New York police said.

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Klotz was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

The meteorologist, who appeared on television with a black eye, assured that he has bruises on his abdomen and that he is having difficulty moving one of his knees.

Two 15-year-old teenagers and another 17-year-old were arrested.

Another fled the scene

, police said.

The minors were handed over to their guardians while the investigation into the beating and assault on the elderly passenger is finalized.

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Klotz said on Fox News that he called out to the boys when he saw them set the older man's hair on fire with the lighter they were using for a marijuana joint.

Police said the minors did not attack anyone else.

When the group began attacking him, Klotz tried to flee and board another train

, but they chased him and continued to beat him, he said.

“I would like someone to take responsibility, but what I really want is some kind of change,” he said.

[Attacks on the New York subway increase.

One of the latter was caught on video]

Klotz criticized the city's mayor, Eric Adams, alleging that the authorities have not properly addressed the violence on the subway.

“Why does a meteorologist have to combat violence on the subway in the middle of the night?” he demanded.

New York City's public transportation system, used by millions of passengers every day, has seen rising numbers of traffic crimes and violent attacks.

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“We have to make sure that people feel safe” on the subway, Adams said Monday morning at a news conference.

“The best way to do that is to have a visible police presence.”

Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul created the Metro Safety Plan a year ago to address the problem of crime in the public transportation system.

The initiative includes more than 10,000 extra hours of police patrols in at least 300 subway stations, care for homeless people with serious mental health problems and more security cameras, the city revealed in a statement.

Source: telemundo

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