Three of the four suspects who on Saturday assaulted Fox News weatherman Adam Klotz in New York City have already been released, the New York Post reported.
The teenage suspects, who beat Klotz after he tried to stop the group from setting an elderly man’s hair on fire on the subway, were released from custody shortly after they were arrested, police said. A fourth suspect remains at large.
The three suspects, who range in age between 15 and 17, have not yet been charged with any crimes.
The incident comes after former Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bail reform into law in 2019 that eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanors and some felonies.
“I want someone to be held responsible, but really 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,” Klotz said. “Like, where’s the structural things?”
The weatherman called out Democrat mayor Eric Adams to do “something more long-term” about the crime wave in the city.
The process to get the suspects to face charges is difficult, the Post reported:
The three young thugs who have already been released with “juvenile reports” could only face charges if Klotz files a complaint with the city Department of Probation, which would then decide if it would refer the case to the Law Department, officials said Sunday.
The juvenile reports they were given are handed to youngsters who allegedly commit an act that would constitute an offense if perpetrated by an adult.
However, police said Monday they’re interviewing the elderly man who was allegedly accosted by the teens first — and could still lodge charges against the rowdy crew.
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