The NYPD is looking for three teenagers accused of beating and cutting a dog on a firefighter on leave over the weekend.
The alleged attack took place Friday night at Juniper Valley Park in Queens. According to police reports, the unnamed firefighter was walking his dog near the park when “at least 100 children” attacked him.
According to a police report, the firefighter complained to the teens that they were making too much noise, which sparked an argument. The confrontation escalated into violence. The firefighter claims the teens set off fireworks near the park.
The NYPD attack account claims the teens hit the victim on the head and body before he could flee the scene.
The anonymous firefighter spoke to the New York Post. He claims he was accosted by the teenagers without provocation.
“They just picked me up and approached me,” he said.
According to his account, one of the teenagers took off his shirt and claimed he could “fight it”, after which other teenagers pulled out their phones to film the meeting.
“They all came to me,” he said. The firefighter claimed that a teenager approached behind him and hit him with a bottle on the back of the head. “I was hit, I turned around, that’s when the children started coming towards me.”
At that moment, he let go of his dog. One of the teenagers grabbed the dog’s leash and appears to have pulled it away from the beating, as the dog was later found by a safe Good Samaritan.
The firefighter told police the teenagers were “going crazy” and “high as a kite” during the attack.
Eventually, the firefighter ended up on the ground as he grabbed one of the teenagers. He was rescued when a nearby ambulance detected the disturbance and arrived at the scene, prompting the teenagers to flee the area.
“If they hadn’t been there I would have been in a much worse condition,” the firefighter said.
The NYPD made no arrests during the attack, but released photos of the suspects and asked for the public’s help in identifying them.
Video of the event begins halfway through the fight and shows the firefighter confronting the teenagers before being overwhelmed by their numbers. The firefighter’s dog can be seen barking in the video.
The victim said he was “a bit clustered” but thanked God for surviving the attack without more serious injuries.
According to the man, the park has been a frequent hangout for teenagers and claims to have found several knives while walking through the park.
Guardian Angels founder and Republican candidate for New York mayor Curtis Silwa criticized the NYPD for not intervening and said his group would begin patrolling the park on Saturday night.
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