MIDDLE VILLAGE, Queens — A man, frustrated by a group lighting fireworks as he walked his dog in Queens, was beaten by the rowdy group when he confronted them, police said Sunday.
The group yelled and screamed as they lit fireworks near 75th Street and Juniper Boulevard North on Friday night, officials said. They repeatedly punched and kicked the dog walker after he complained to them about the noise.
The man — bruised, cut and in pain — eventually escaped the group.
Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa identified him as New York City firefighter John Burke. The pair held an event together on Saturday.
Sliwa called for more police presence in the area. He also blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio for the rise in crimes across the city.
Police asked for help identifying the attackers. One man has a thin build with long, dark hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. The second attacker has a medium build with short, straight hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, light colored shorts and white sneakers. Officials said the last attacker has a thing build and short, straight hair. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, Nike shorts and white sneakers.
Editor’s Note – A photo of the alleged attackers was deleted on July 27, 2021 because police identified two of them as minors. The teens — 14 and 15 — were arrested on gang assault charges.
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