Two of the three teens suspected of carrying out a violent attack on an off-duty firefighter while walking his dog in a New York City park have been sent to police by their parents and charged with assault.
The NYPD announced the arrests of the two suspects — 15 and 16 years old — on Tuesday, praising the detectives’ “hard work and dedication.”
Video released earlier this week reportedly showed the teens and a third assailant still at large Friday night attacking an off-duty firefighter.
The teens now in custody have been turned over to the police by their parents, according to the New York Daily News.
They have been charged with assault and will have to appear in court because of their age.
Police confirmed the arrests on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon
Video released earlier this week reportedly shows the teens and a third assailant attacking a free firefighter on Friday night.
The NYPD did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on the search for the third suspect.
Police say the victim, a 44-year-old father of three, was not seriously injured despite being repeatedly beaten, kicked and struck on the head with a glass bottle.
The suspects were part of a larger crew responsible for the attack on Juniper Valley Park in Queens.
The group is accused of jumping an off-duty firefighter while walking his Labradoodle named Dylan.
The victim was walking along the road around 9:55 p.m. Friday when “at least 100 children” attacked him, with one of the youths calling it “fighting night.”
On Sunday, the NYPD issued a call for help identifying the attackers.
“The victim talked to the group about the noise they were making. A verbal dispute ensued that escalated into a physical encounter with multiple individuals kicking and punching the victim before he could flee the scene,” NYPD officials said in their appeal.
“Although the victim had cuts, bruises and pain, he refused medical attention.”
The firefighter, who was not named, told the New York Post the mob attacked him.
“They just picked me and approached me,” he said.
He said one of the teens took off his shirt and stated, “I can fight you,” while everyone else pulled out their cell phones. Some of the images have gone viral online.
“They all came at me,” he said.
“A kid came up behind me and hit me on the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog.”
The firefighter, 44, was walking his Labradoodle at Juniper Valley Park in the Middle Village neighborhood of Queens around 9:55 PM on Friday.
The video shows his dog barking at the attackers before someone grabs his leash as he tries to defend himself from the group of teenagers
The firefighter said the kids were “going crazy” and claimed they were “high as a kite” before being hit out of nowhere. Officers confirmed that he was hit on the back of the head with a glass bottle fles
The video footage, which appears to begin mid-attack, shows the man raising his fist as his dog barks at the crowd before someone grabs his leash.
The firefighter said the youths were “going crazy” and claimed they were “high as a kite” before he was hit.
“I got hit, turned around, then the kids started coming at me,” he told the New York Post.
“Then I was trapped on the ground with a child.”
He was eventually rescued when an ambulance pulled up.
“They were waiting at the park,” he said.
“If they hadn’t been there, I would have been in a much worse state.”
Officers told the New York Post that the man was hit in the head with a glass bottle and that no arrests have been made.
His dog was rescued by a Good Samaritan and was not injured in the attack.
‘I’m a little confused. What are you going to do? Thank God I’m still here. It could have been worse,” said the firefighter.
He said the park has become a meeting place for rowdy teens and noted that he found three knives in the park on Saturday.
Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate for mayor of New York City, also shared the video on Twitter, saying the firefighter was attacked when he asked the teens to stop setting off fireworks.
“NYPD of the 104th district was there but did nothing,” claimed Silwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels.
He told the New York Post that the group will begin patrolling the park at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate for mayor of New York City, said the firefighter was attacked when he asked the teens to stop setting off fireworks.
According to data from the NYPD, there were 484 crimes committed in New York City during the week of July 12 to July 18. That number is three percent lower than in the same registration period last year.
However, the crime rate so far this year had increased by 5.9 percent on July 18 compared to the same date last year. There have been 11,550 cases of assault this year, compared to 10,906 last year.
The crime rate rose 10.7 percent from 684 in 2020 to 757 in 2021 for the week of July 12 to July 18, the data shows.
This year, 18,333 crimes have been committed so far, compared to 18,312 last year, an increase of 0.1 percent.
It was not immediately clear whether – if one of the teens is eventually arrested – they would be charged with a felony or a felony for the assault.