The driver of an SUV involved in a bloody weekend confrontation with a throng of motorcyclists feared for the life of his family inside when he drove through the crowd, striking a biker, his wife said Thursday.
Last weekend a pack of motorcyclists descended upon New York City and attacked a young family in their car, dragging the driver from his seat and beating him. Making matters worse, the New York Post reported Friday that an off-duty, undercover NYPD officer was riding with the bikers. He did not interfere with the beating, because, according to a law-enforcement source, “he didn't want to blow his cover.” The undercover officer came forward Wednesday night and has since lawyered up. None of the bikers who assaulted the SUV driver are under arrest -- and new photographic evidence suggests that as many as five bikers attacked the driver while his wife and 2-year-old were in the car.
One of those bikers was allegedly Robert Sims, 35, of Brooklyn. He was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged with gang assault, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault and attempted gang assault, a source told the New York Post. “Apparently he hit the guy.”
"Besides Sims only one other biker has been charged in the rampage despite videos, still photos and non-biker witness accounts from the broad-daylight attack.
Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, NJ, faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and imprisonment for suddenly slowing his bike in front of the Range Rover, causing the fender-bender blamed for sparking the chase and violence.
Meanwhile, the only biker injured during the rampage threatened he may sue Lien for running him over with the Range Rover when he hit the gas as his SUV was first surrounded.
“He was attempting to diffuse the situation,” lawyer Gloria Allred said of Edwin Mieses, 32, whom she said may be paralyzed from the waist down “for the rest of his life.”
Mieses hasn’t had a valid license in his home state of Massachusetts since 1999, and haas never applied for a motorcycle license."
The New York Daily News reports that Undercover and off-duty cops were among the bikers that chased Lien and his family, and did nothing to stop the attack on Lien.
An undercover NYPD detective, afraid of blowing his cover, watched an angry motorcycle mob terrorize a defenseless man out for a drive with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter, the Daily News learned Friday.