Shocking information is now being released regarding last Sunday’s biker attack on an SUV. A swarm of enraged bikers chased down and brutally attacked Manhattan man Alexian Lien, 33, who was driving with his wife and two-year-old daughter. Arrests have been made, and allegations are coming in that NYPD police detectives were among the bikers who stood by and witnessed the brutal attack, reports the New York Post on Oct. 4.
Here’s a quick recap of this viral story:
The attack occurred on New York’s Henry Hudson Parkway near W. 116th Street. Alexian Lien, of Lower Manhattan, was driving his Range Rover when he was literally surrounded by a mob of bikers. The hell-on-wheels pack of bikers were hogging the northbound lanes of the highway, boxing Lien in, police sources said.
This incident was caught on video by one of the motorcyclists’ helmet cams:
One of the bikers is seen swerving directly in front of Lien’s SUV, suddenly slowing and causing Lien to hit him. Lien, who was celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife Rosalyn and their 2-year-old child, stopped to ensure the biker was okay, but was accosted by the other bikers who began to damage his SUV. Afraid for his life and that of his family, Lien fled, driving over one of the bikers and at least three motorcycles.
The horde of furious bikers took off and hounded Lien on a harrowing 4-mile chase. When Lien was trapped at an intersection, they smashed his window, dragged him to the street, and beat him bloody.
Here are the players in this story and the latest updates:
Reggie Chance: Chance, 37, is seen in the video smashing Lien’s SUV window with his helmet. He was arrested Saturday night for his role in the beatdown. Chance initiated the beating, and was charged with assault, gang assault and criminal mischief. He will be arraigned today.
Edward Mieses: The 28-year-old Mieses remains hospitalized after Lien ran him over attempting to escape the crazed bikers. Family and friends say Mieses was only trying to help Lien, but instead has become the real victim in this story. Mieses was left paralyzed.
“I’m devastated. All his ribs are fractured. His lungs are so badly bruised that he's still on the ventilator,” said Mieses' mother, Yolanda Santiago, last week.
“My husband got off his bike to help the guy. And whatever he did, he got scared, he peeled off and paralyzed my husband on the way,” said Mieses' wife, Dayana Mieses. The family has hired high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, with Dayana asserting, “This man needs to know he hurt someone.”
Alexian Lien: The SUV driver. Lien has yet to speak publicly on the incident, and has not been formally charged. The video would seem to clearly absolve Lien of any wrongdoing. Nevertheless, Lien’s wife, Rosalyn Ng, issued a statement Thursday to respond to those who are calling for Lien to be held accountable for injuring Mieses:
“Our sympathies go out to the injured motorcyclist and his family. However, we were faced with a life-threatening situation, and my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did in order to protect the lives of our entire family. Our fear for our lives was confirmed when the incident ended with the ruthless and brutal attack on my husband, me, and, most importantly, our 2-year-old child.” –Alexian Lien’s wife on the motorcycle madness
Robert Sims: One of the bikers who participated in the beating. Sims, seen wearing number 78 in the video, turned himself in Friday and is being held on $100,000 bail. He has been charged with felony gang assault after video showed him stomping on the head and body of Lien.
NYPD detectives: At least one NYPD officer was among the pack of 30 street and dirt bikers. The cop was allegedly undercover, and did want to expose his identity, instead opting to watch the beating and do nothing.
Sources inside the NYPD say the unidentified officer works for the city’s Intelligence Division and was placed on desk duty, forced to surrender his weapon and shield. At least three other detectives may have been part of the gang ride as well.
“It’s difficult to lead a double life,” said Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino. “Even Clark Kent had difficulty hiding the fact that he was Superman.”
Kevin Bresloff: The biker who used his helmet cam to film the entire chase and the beginning of the beating. Bresloff’s lawyer, Andrew Vecere, called his client a witness who is cooperating with the investigation, not a suspect.
“He does not know the bikers that are being charged with the crime,” Vecere said. “He did not ride with them.”
Christopher Cruz: The N.J. man who started it all by forcing Lien to hit him. Cruz was charged last week with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing. He was released on $1,500 bail. Cruz says the reason he brake-checked the SUV was to allow the entire gang of bikers to move in front of Lien.