Most of us have read about the Fox News weatherman Adam Klotz who was beaten by thugs on a New York subway last weekend. But there is more to the story than the basic facts that were reported by the New York Post, and it is staggering.
The group of assailants was not just harassing an elderly passenger on the train, they were taking drugs and trying to deliberately light the man’s hair on fire for kicks.
As the man frantically tried to put the fire out on his head, Klotz stood up to the group and tried to stop them. They turned their frenzy onto him and one of them punched him in the face.
Somebody riding in the full car told Klotz he should leave before things escalated, and most of the car emptied into an adjoining car to get away from the violent teens.
At the next stop, the pack of teens barged into the car he was in and ambushed him. They punched and stomped and kicked him. Klotz said he could hear one of them shouting, “put him to sleep.” He protected his head and neck, but that left his body open to a massive beating.
These thugs, ages 15 to 17 set a man’s hair on fire, assaulted a bystander, and then went out of their way to escalate the confrontation.
They ran from the train at the 18th Street station and three of them were caught by police. But they were soon released after reports were made, and there were no charges against them.
That did not sit well with the public. In fact, an outrage was made through social media, so the police have now released a photo of a fourth teen they are looking for. And they are now interviewing the elderly man who had his hair set on fire.
“The decision was to get all the information before we move forward,” NYPD Deputy Chief Kevin Maloney told The Post. “The decision was made to release them to their parents and make efforts to identify the other victim, which we did. We’re talking to him now to see if there are appropriate charges,” Maloney said.