In the middle of Manhattan in broad daylight, a family driving an expensive BMW SUV was suddenly attacked by a group of about fifty teenagers along Fifth Avenue and 21st Street. Now, the driver of the SUV and his mom claim that they feared for their lives while the teenagers smashed their car and swarmed the vehicle on a sunny day in the heart of the Big Apple. Across the country, violent crimes have skyrocketed, including in places like New York, largely because poverty rates have skyrocketed.

Now, 36-year-old Max Torgovnick had come forward to share his experience while driving his mom through Manhattan last week when the group of teens descended upon his vehicle.

Eyewitnesses caught the rampage on video. They said that the teens blocked traffic and then began attacking the luxury SUV. Footage shows the youngsters jumping on the hood of the BMW as well as drop-kicking the windshield to crack it to bits.

Bystanders were so overwhelmed by the scene that they claimed there were fifty teens attacking the BMW. The teens seemed excited by the damage they were causing to the luxury vehicle that allegedly belonged to Torgovnick.

When pedestrians confronted the teenagers, the people fled the scene on their bicycles.

Another person who happened to be at the scene – an example of being at the wrong place at the wrong time – said that members of the group of teenagers spat on her vehicle and caused some damage to her vehicle.

“They spat on the car, slammed a bike onto the windshield, then a guy jumped on it, and they broke the handle, trying to open the door from the outside. Woman was shaking and in tears, ‘We were trapped, there was so much violence, I thought I was going to die.’”

Another witness claimed that Max Torgovnick’s mom was “shaking and in tears” following the random attack by a group of teenagers.

“We were trapped, there was so much violence, I thought I was going to die,” she reportedly said.

Torgovnick is a New York native. He spent his whole life in the city and was shocked that such violence would occur on the streets of his home city.

“That’s something like you would see on the streets of a war zone. I never thought New York would get this bad,” he told The New York Post. “I was afraid that they were going to break the window, get in the car, reach in, and pull us out. My only thoughts at that moment were self-defense, [that] I wanted to protect my mother, and I also didn’t want to hurt anyone.”

Violent crime has been on the rise across the United States largely due to the economic fallout in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea believes that a change to New York’s bail laws also contributed to the rise in violence.

“Until we come to that realization as a society — is this what we want?” Shea said. “It’s good to have philosophical discussions about ‘end mass incarceration’ and ‘end incarceration,’ but you don’t want to do it by turning the innocent public into jails in their own apartments and houses.”