A man driving up the West Side of New York City Sunday found himself immersed in a throng of motorcyclists and was chased down nearly 50 blocks and attacked when he tried to escape after rear-ending one of the bikers.
Police arrested one biker and are looking for others who allegedly beat and slashed the driver, Alexian Lien, 33, in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter, reported the New York Daily News.
Video footage of the incident caught by one of the bikers shows Lien's Range Rover boxed in by the motorcyclists, who swarmed the three lane highway. The vehicle bumped into one of the motorcyclists in the center lane, and traffic halted as the bikers blocked its path. The motorcyclists chased Lien further down the highway after plowing into the crowd.
Lien was eventually stopped by city traffic after exiting the highway and the video cuts out after one of the bikers smashes the driver-side window, though police say the attack continued as bikers pounded the vehicle and slashed its tires, reported the New York Post. Police arrested the biker initially rear-ended, Christopher Cruz, 28, who faces reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing charges.
Lien received stitches on his face and chest and suffered two black eyes, according to the Post.
Another biker Jeremiah Mieses, broke both his legs after he was run over in Lien's first escape attempt. His wife, Dayana Mieses, told WBZ-TV he had gotten off his bike to help another motorcyclist. She said he was in a coma, sustained injuries to his heart, lungs and ribs and would be left paralyzed from the waist down. Lien has not been charged.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Monday the bikers were associated with the Hollywood Stuntz social group, which staged a massive ride through Times Square in 2012. Police arrested 15 bikers and seized 55 bikes in Sunday's effort to prevent a similar incident.
"Their ultimate goal is to get into Times Square, which they did last year," said Kelly. "Quite frankly, it wasn't on anyone's radar screen last year. We were aware of it this year and did a fair amount of enforcement."