The NYPD is still looking for all but one of these teens. This picture shows a group of teenagers who allegedly were harassing and abusing an elderly couple. A 38-year-old firefighter was driving by and stopped to tell the group to stop harassing the elderly couple. The teenagers proceeded to attack the unidentified firefighter, resulting in several broken teeth and a concussion. Yesterday, the police arrested Damir Johnson, 17, was charged with one count of second-degree assault. They are looking for the other five.
The charge seems a tad light since the incident began with harassing an elderly couple and then resulting in a mob attack on a good samaritan.
The lack of any recognition of either the elderly couple or the rescuer as human beings in this attack are the most chilling aspect of the crime. Such crimes reflect a serious threat to society by people who lack any evidence of empathy or humanity in their actions. According to the New York Daily News, Johnson was arrested after a tip. He is the one in the white long-sleeved shirt.
It should not take long to identify the other teens and, if they are all around 17, they are likely to be tried as adults for such a despicable and violent offense.