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UPDATE: NYPD Arrest 'Teen Suspect' After Brutal Beating of a Firefighter Defending Elderly Couple

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.23.19

**UPDATE**

One of the New York City teens wanted in connection with Saturday’s brutal assault of an FDNY firefighter was arrested early Thursday, the NYPD officials confirmed to Fox News.

“Damir Johnson, 17, was charged with one count of second-degree assault after police identified him as a member of the group that assaulted the firefighter, leaving that man with several broken teeth and a concussion. Cops released an image on Wednesday of the six suspects, but they didn’t immediately identify which of the teens in the picture was Johnson,” reports Fox News.

**Original story below**

The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a group of teenagers that brutally attacked an off-duty firefighter after he tried to stop them from harassing an elderly couple in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood.

“Help us identify these suspects #wanted for an ASSAULT on 5/18 at 9:25am of a 38-year-old man who intervened while this group of teens harassed an elderly couple in front of 217 E 86th St. #UES $2,500 reward for info leading to arrests,” posted the city’s 19th precinct on social media.

https://twitter.com/NYPD19Pct/status/1130817619328720898?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fus%2Foff-duty-fdny-firefighter-attacked-by-teens-after-defending-elderly-couple

“A New York City Firefighter sustained a concussion and several broken teeth Saturday after police say he was assaulted while trying to stop a group of teens from harassing an elderly couple,” reports Fox News.

“The 38-year-old off-duty firefighter was traveling on East 86th St. in Manhattan at around 9:25 a.m. Saturday when he noticed six teens ‘harassing’ an elderly couple,” a spokesperson with the New York City Police Department told Fox News.

The vicious attack comes just days after a string of anti-Semitic assaults swept Brooklyn.

“Just received a report that a Hasidic father & son were beaten up in Williamsburg this past Friday night for no other reason than being Jewish. Police report has been filed. Here’s footage of the four violent suspects behind the attack – help @NYPDDetectives find them!” posted Dov Hikind, a former NY Assemblyman from Brooklyn.

“It’s shocking but not surprising that such violent hate crimes are being committed against Jews (yesterday in Bklyn) just as antisemitism is being mainstreamed. This attack resembles Nazi Germany where antisemites attacked Jews with glee. We won’t tolerate it!” he added.

h/t Twitchy