UPDATE: Gang Of Bikers Terrorize Dad Driving With Family - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: Gang Of Bikers Terrorize Dad Driving With Family

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a motorcyclist on a New York City highway touched off an encounter with the driver of an SUV that ended with injuries and blood.
    
Christopher Cruz of Passaic, N.J., was charged Wednesday with reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. His bail was set at $1,500 cash.
    
His attorney says Cruz denies the allegations.
    
The Manhattan district attorney's office says it decided not to prosecutor Allen Edwards of Queens, a second motorcyclist taken into custody Tuesday.
    
An Internet video shows a swarm of bikers surrounding the SUV Sunday. The SUV driver took off, plowing through the crowd. Police say the bikers chased him, ambushed his car and attacked him.
    
The driver needed stitches. His wife and toddler were in the car but weren't injured. At least two bikers were injured.

PREVIOUS STORY:

NEWYORKPOST.COM - A gang of bikers terrorized a dad driving with his wife and baby daughter on the West Side Highway — chasing after their SUV and then dragging the man out and beating him to a pulp in front of his horrified family, authorities said.

One of the thugs even posted a video of the sickening beatdown on YouTube after filming the pursuit using a helmet-mounted camera Sunday.

The attack seemed to come out of nowhere, authorities said. Alexian Lien, 33, of Manhattan, was driving the family's Range Rover north near West 125th Street in Harlem when the gang, known as Hollywood Stuntz, surrounded the SUV at around 1:30 p.m., according to officials.

A biker pulled in front of the car and slowed down, forcing Lien to stop — at which point, as seen on the gang's video, the bikers stop and a confrontation ensues.

"They take their helmets and they start to dent his car, and apparently his tires are slashed with a knife," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a press conference Monday.

The panicked dad gunned the engine, striking several bikers — one of whom was seriously injured — as he sped off, with the pack of thugs in hot pursuit, police sources said.

"He feared for his life and the lives of his wife and daughter," a police source said.

The thugs chased him more than 50 blocks north, as seen on the 6-plus-minute video, which quickly went viral.

Lien was eventually forced to exit at West 178th Street in Washington Heights because his tires were so badly damaged, police said.

Off the highway, "he is stopped again by a group of motorcyclists, he's taken out of the car. He is assaulted," Kelly said.

One biker can be seen on the video ripping off his helmet and using it to bash in Lien's driver's-side window.

The crew pummeled Lien on the pavement in front of his wife, Rosalyn Ng, and their 2-year-old daughter, police sources said.

Lien, who also was slashed during the melee, was rushed to Columbia University Medical Center. He needed stitches to his face and chest and had two black eyes.

Sources said the injured biker was being prepped for surgery Monday night, and doctors feared he might be left a paraplegic.

Kelly said the gang of riders, known for their rallies and daredevil stunts, planned to congregate in Times Square that day. But he said the gathering was nixed by the NYPD because of past problems.

Last year, "they drove down Broadway [with] over 1,000 motorcycles, dirt bikes, quads," Kelly said. "So there was an intention to do that again this year, but because of [police] checkpoints and enforcement in the outer boroughs, they weren't able to make it."

In shutting down the Times Square gathering, cops arrested 15 people, confiscated 55 motorcycles and issued 68 summonses to the bikers. None of those arrests were connected to the attack on Lien.

Police are still investigating the assault, including checking video from a nearby gas station where the bikers gathered afterward.

One of the rider's jacket patches indicate he's a member of a New Rochelle motorcycle club.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Security cameras catch stranger touching himself in Spokane woman's backyard

    Security cameras catch stranger touching himself in Spokane woman's backyard

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:27:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One family is absolutely shocked after what they found a man doing in their backyard. Denise says she was at home doing her nails, when her daughter Jenay took the dog outside to go to the bathroom. “The dog charged and chased something out of the yard,” she says. They noticed a shadow so they went to review the surveillance video. 

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One family is absolutely shocked after what they found a man doing in their backyard. Denise says she was at home doing her nails, when her daughter Jenay took the dog outside to go to the bathroom. “The dog charged and chased something out of the yard,” she says. They noticed a shadow so they went to review the surveillance video. 

    More >>
  • One couple's special eclipse plan in Spokane

    One couple's special eclipse plan in Spokane

    Sunday, August 20 2017 7:05 PM EDT2017-08-20 23:05:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What are you doing on the day of the eclipse? Most are probably just going to view it, but one couple wanted to make it extra special. They’re getting married in Spokane on Monday. Ralph Fishburn is the officiant of the wedding. He’s done unique weddings before, including one at the start line of Bloomsday.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What are you doing on the day of the eclipse? Most are probably just going to view it, but one couple wanted to make it extra special. They’re getting married in Spokane on Monday. Ralph Fishburn is the officiant of the wedding. He’s done unique weddings before, including one at the start line of Bloomsday.

    More >>
  • US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

    US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

    Sunday, August 20 2017 4:48 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:48:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history. Wrapping up the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks Sunday, the three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico Sept. 1-5, in Canada in late September and back in the United States in October.

    More >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history. Wrapping up the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks Sunday, the three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico Sept. 1-5, in Canada in late September and back in the United States in October.

    More >>