Fox News Network meteorologist Adam Klotz, 37, was brutally assaulted by a group of teenagers on a New York City subway train early Sunday morning.
The Indiana native and regular on Fox News broadcasts was heading home on the subway around 1:15 a.m. after watching the Giants and Eagles NFL playoff game at a Manhattan bar with a group of friends. As he was minding his own business on the train, he noticed a group of teens aggressively harassing an elderly male traveler.
Soon after the teens lit a joint on the train, they set the older man’s hair on fire. Klotz said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning that was when he got involved. He told the youngsters, “That’s not cool.” Klotz said that was all it took for the hostile teens to turn their attention to him.
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Klotz said he tried to remove himself from any confrontation, but the group began taunting him before physically attacking him. He moved to a different car on the train, but the teens followed him.
He said, “The whole group, the doors open again at another stop, the whole group just comes and bum rushes me, and suddenly I’m like, on the ground. I’m getting kicked in the side. I’m getting wailed on.”
He said he did his best to cover his head, as he knew what could happen if he were to be knocked unconscious. He said if that happened, “You’re getting punched like there’s no defense.”
In addition to being beaten around his head and neck, the gang repeatedly kicked him. He said, “So I kind of get knocked out, and now my side is black and blue. My knee, I can hardly bend because I was getting kicked and punched.”
After the attack, Klotz was treated at a local hospital and released.
NYPD officers stopped three of the youthful attackers. They were released to their parents without being charged with any crimes. An NYPD spokesperson said: “Juvenile reports were prepared, and their parents were called to pick them up.”
Klotz told the Fox hosts that he isn’t interested in criminal charges to seek “vengeance” against the teens but instead said, “What I want is some sort of change.”
“I don’t want this to happen to somebody else, and I don’t think necessarily just these kids getting in trouble, like, where are the structural things, put some cops down there,” he said.
He added: “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?”