17-year-old arrested in firefighter assault

MANHATTAN — A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with assault Thursday in connection with the attack of an off-duty FDNY firefighter, police said.

The teen is suspected to have taken part in the attack, though it is not known if he is one of the people in the photo police sent out of the alleged assailants.

The attack happened after he defended an elderly couple from a group of teens in Manhattan Saturday morning.

Just before 9:30 a.m., police said the firefighter, 38, intervened after witnessing a group of teenagers harassing an elderly couple in the vicinity of 86th Street and Third Avenue on the Upper East Side.

One of the teens punched the man and pushed him to the ground, continuously striking him throughout the body, according to police.

The victim suffered a concussion to his head and broken teeth, police said. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The group wanted for questioning in connection to the attack are described as three females and three males between 15 and 17 years old.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visitingwww.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Clarification: PIX11 initially identified the arrested teenager. His name has since been removed because he is a minor.

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