The Fox News meteorologist who alleged he was assaulted by a group of teenagers after he tried to stop them from harassing another passenger on the New York subway now says they “wanted to knock me out.”
Meteorologist Adam Klotz spoke with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night and recalled events he says took place over the weekend.
Klotz said in a video posted to his Instagram that he was on his way home from watching the New York Giants at a bar on Saturday when he saw “this older guy being hassled by this group of seven or eight teenagers.”
“I was like, ‘Hey guys, drop that.’ And they decided, ‘Okay, if he’s not going to get it, you’re going to get it.’ And boy did they give it to me, ”she said. “They had me on the ground. My ribs are also bruised. They got their hits.”
Mr. Klotz elaborated on this narrative to Mr. Carlson, stating that the teenagers set the old man’s hair on fire “and I was sitting there looking at it and how can you not [say] ‘Woah guys, you can’t do that.’
“They just didn’t want to be told what they couldn’t do, so all of a sudden the focus was on me,” he told Carlson, before adding that the group mocked him and followed him before “kicking and punching” him. to throw it to the ground.
“In fact, I moved to another whole car on the train at one stop. We come to a complete stop. The doors open, I think it’s over,” Klotz said. “The whole group comes and the gang jumps on me and jumps on me, they just start hitting me and kicking me. I hear ‘put him to sleep, put him to sleep’. They wanted to knock me out. My goal at the time was just to cover my head because once you’re unconscious. Who knows what will happen? But they kicked me back and forth and stomped on me.”
Police said the 37-year-old man was on the number one train at around 1:15 a.m. when the incident occurred, according to the New York Post. The teens got off the train at the 18th Street station.
Three suspects, two 15-year-olds and one 17-year-old, were arrested, police said.
“Juvenile reports were prepared and their parents were called to pick them up,” an NYPD spokesperson said.
The agency said Sunday that police did not have the option of charging the teens because of their age and because the crime appeared to be a misdemeanor, the To post indicated.
The New York City Legal Department said in a statement to the outlet that the victim must file a complaint with the Probation Department before the agency can become involved.
The probation agency would then choose whether the case should be forwarded to the Legal Department for prosecution.
In 2019, the age to try a suspect as an adult was raised from 17 to 18 years.
Mr. Klotz received treatment at Bellevue Hospital for his injuries.
In the video, he appears unaware that the teens were released without charges being filed.
With two black eyes, he quipped “you should see the other guy.”
“My side, don’t laugh, my side is much worse than my face. And the thing is, the other guy isn’t really a guy. it’s the kids. Five or six kids,” she said.
“Where are the parents?” she asked, according to To post. “Parents, take care of your children.”
As for the older man, the meteorologist said, “he’s fine.”
“And the police caught a couple of these kids and, you know, they X-rayed me. I’m fine. All of this will heal. So everything is fine,” she said.
“New York! What a place. The Big Apple,” added the Indiana meteorologist.
the independent has contacted Mr. Klotz for comment.