The Fox Information meteorologist who was pummeled by a gang of rowdy teenagers on a Manhattan subway practice says Metropolis Corridor is blowing it by failing to guard Huge Apple straphangers.
“I need somebody to be held accountable,” weatherman Adam Klotz stated on “Fox & Buddies” on Monday. “The place is the structural change? Put some cops down there. I need [Mayor] Eric Adams to do one thing extra long-term, that this wouldn’t occur to another person.”
Klotz, 37, was driving a No. 1 practice house from a bar round 1:15 a.m. Sunday when was jumped by a gaggle of weed-smoking youngsters, who focused him after he tried to intervene on behalf of an aged man the crew was harassing.
“Certain, I may’ve taken a $75 cab experience to get house,” Klotz stated on Fox Information. “However most individuals can’t do this. I can’t do that each single day. We want these subways. We want a technique to get round this metropolis and but that is what is occurring.
“New Yorkers are getting round this fashion,” he stated. “It simply must be a safer technique to do it.”
Fox Information meteorologist Adam Klotz was overwhelmed by a gang of rowdy teenagers on a Manhattan subway practice, and says town must do extra to guard straphangers.Instagram/@adamklotzfnc
Klotz stated the teenagers brutally beat him at the same time as he tried to flee to a different automobile on the practice — and whereas different straphangers on the crowded practice simply regarded on.
“There was about 25, 30 folks on this practice automobile,” Klotz informed the Fox hosts. “There’s an older gentleman throughout from me and there’s a gaggle of teenagers, one in every of them was lighting a joint. With that lighter, they put it within the man’s hair and his hair went up like a matchbox.
“He’s knocking out flames and I’m like, ‘You may’t do this,’” he stated.
Klotz stated that’s when the teenagers turned on him.
Fox Information weatherman Adam Klotz stated he tried to assist an aged man from a gang of rowdy teenagers on a Manhattan subway practice when the younger thugs turned on him.Fb/Adam Klotz
“They have been attempting to knock me out,” he stated. “After which when you’re unconscious and also you’re getting punched like there’s no protection. So, I used to be simply doing my very best to cowl my head so I couldn’t get knocked out. And now my aspect is black and blue, my knee, I can hardly bend.
“However when it was taking place, nobody was doing something,” he added. “However I imply like, look what occurs while you step up for any person. Like I attempted to step up for any person and that is what simply occurred to me. Like, why would anybody wish to do that to themselves?”
After the assault, Klotz — who nonetheless had purple bruises on his eyes throughout his look on the TV morning present — stated one straphanger did attempt to assist and known as the cops.
However that individual left when the teenagers got here again and began “verbally harassing” Klotz, the weatherman stated.
The kids ran off the practice on the 18th Avenue station, however three have been nabbed by cops — and later launched to their mother and father with out costs, authorities stated.
The younger thugs — two of them are 15 and one is 17 — got juvenile reviews by police, and will solely be charged if Klotz information a grievance with town Division of Probation, which might then determine if it will refer the case to the Regulation Division.
The Regulation Division, not the district lawyer, prosecutes juvenile instances within the metropolis.
Fox weatherman Adam Klotz, who was overwhelmed on a Manhattan subway practice Sunday, says Mayor Eric Adams must step as much as assist defend straphangers. Matthew McDermott
Requested on Fox & Buddies if he would pursue costs, Klotz was non-committal.
“I need somebody to be held accountable, however actually what I need is a few kind of change. I don’t need this to occur to any person else, and I don’t suppose essentially simply these youngsters getting in bother,” he stated. “Like, the place’s the structural issues?
“I need Eric Adams to do one thing extra long-term that this gained’t occur to any person else, greater than me simply getting some kind of revenge within the brief time period,” he stated.
Requested if he had a message for his younger attackers, Klotz stated, “Simply don’t throw it away.
“Like, they’re not going to get in bother as a result of they’re 15 and 16 and 17, however don’t do that,” he stated. “You’ve obtained your entire lives. Don’t throw your lives away and do that once more in just a few extra years. I imply, it’s not value it. I’m not value it. This isn’t value it.”
He stated he can be thrilled “if one thing may come from this.”
Klotz additionally known as it “embarrassing” that his beatdown made the entrance web page of The Submit on Monday, holding up a replica of the newspaper on the air.
He declined to remark to The Submit and referred inquiries to Fox Information.