A large group of teenagers allegedly attacked an off-duty New York City firefighter on July 23.
At about 9:55 p.m. the 44-year-old took his Labradoodle dog called Dylan for a walk in Juniper Valley Park, when a crowd of children approached him.
“There were at least 100 kids … [and] I was walking my dog,” he said according to the New York Post. “They just picked me out and approached me.”
One of the juveniles removed his shirt and declared it was “fight night.” Everyone else began recording videos with their cellphones.
“He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you,'” the victim said according to the paper. “They all came at me … a kid came up behind me, and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle–and I let go of the dog.”
Video footage of the alleged incident shows the group closing in on the firefighter. He tries to leave the scene but is forced to raise his fists and defend himself. The teenagers quickly push him to the ground and swarm around him.
“Give him a shot, give him a shot, give him a shot!” the group can be heard saying.
Dylan can be heard howling in terror, afraid of what might happen to his master. BL understands the animal fought back and was unharmed.
“They did not care at all, the kids were going crazy,” the man said. “They were as high as a kite, I got hit, turned around–that is when the kids started coming at me.”
The victim revealed an ambulance arrived at the scene when he went down. None of the paramedics tried to stop the fight.
“They were waiting by the park … [and] if they were not there I would have been in much worse condition,” he said.
New York Police Department confirmed the man was struck in the head with a glass bottle at 75th Street and Juniper Boulevard North. No relevant suspects were arrested at the time of publication.
The victim revealed different residents had complained about different children playing loud music and setting off illegal fireworks in the early hours of the morning.
Concerned citizens asked GOP mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa to increase surveillance. Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels not-for-profit in 1979 to conduct safety patrols.