A terrifying attack on an SUV by a gang of bikers Sunday has left one man in critical condition. Additional information is coming forth from the NYPD, who now say they have arrested one man and are looking for two more in connection with the high-speed chase and subsequent beating of a man, reports the USA Today on Oct. 1.
The incident was caught on video by one of the motorcyclists’ helmet cams. The swarm of bikers, enraged after an SUV driver ran over one of their own, hounded the driver on a harrowing 4-mile chase and attacked the SUV, injuring the driver, who was with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.
The attack occurred Sunday on New York’s Henry Hudson Parkway near W. 116th Street. Alexian Lien, 33, of Lower Manhattan, was driving his Range Rover when he was literally surrounded by a mob of bikers. The hell-on-wheels pack of 30 bikers were hogging the northbound lanes of the highway, boxing Lien in, police sources said.
The unauthorized rally, calling themselves the Hollywood Stuntz, were causing disturbances all over the highway, prompting multiple calls to 911 from concerned and scared motorists.
“We had over 200 calls just on Sunday about this group operating in a reckless manner,” said NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
One of the bikers, 28-year-old Christopher Cruz, is seen swerving directly in front of Lien’s SUV, suddenly slowing to an almost halt and causing Lien to hit him. The biker was not injured, but the fender bender turned into a terrifying road rage incident.
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.
Video footage taken by one of the bikers and uploaded to YouTube shows Lien’s SUV getting caught at a red light as he exited the parkway in Washington Heights. One of the motorcyclists removed his helmet and used it to smash Lien’s diver side window. Lien was dragged out of the vehicle and punched and slashed in the face with a knife, as his family and horrified witnesses watched in broad daylight. He was treated at Columbia University Medical Center and released.
Cruz has since been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, menacing, reckless driving and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17. Another man voluntarily turned himself in, but his name has not been released.
NYPD are also looking for two other men after analyzing the viral video.
The man that Lien ran over, 28-year-old Edwin Mieses, remains in critical condition in a coma. Family and friends say Mieses was only trying to help Lien, but instead has become the real victim in this story.
“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.
“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.
“He's the victim yet he and his group are being treated like they are the criminals.” –Post on Edwin Mieses’ Facebok page.
Police say it is unclear what Mieses’ role in this incident was. When the bikers initially surrounded Lien’s SUV, “they take their helmets and start to dent his car, and apparently his tires are slashed there with a knife,” Commissioner Kelly says.
In a justified panic, Lien flees, knocking down and running over Mieses.
Police say Lien has not been charged. As to why, Kelly offered this explanation:
“It depends on what the circumstances are. It depends on whether or not your vehicle is being attacked, whether or not you think you are being attacked, whether or not your wife and child's in the car,” Kelly said. “You have to look at the totality of the circumstances, and that's what we're doing.”