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NYC Motorcycle Attack Update: Grand jury indicts 11 bikers, including NYPD detective

Black SUV driven by Alexian Lien, 33, is seen surrounded by motorcyclists who police say followed Lien and eventually pulled him from his car and beat him. WCBS/Facebook

Black SUV driven by Alexian Lien, 33, is seen surrounded by motorcyclists who police say followed Lien and eventually pulled him from his car and beat him, Sept. 29, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A grand jury has indicted 11 bikers, including an undercover New York City police detective, on various charges related to a motorcyclist-SUV highway melee in September.

The indictment released November 8 says undercover detective Wojciech Braszczok,32, was charged with gang assault, criminal mischief, riot and other counts.

Prosecutors have said Braszczok participated in the Sept. 29 attack by shattering the SUV's back window. He was off duty at the time.

According to CBS New York, the indictment lists 14 counts, including coercion and riot.

The men reportedly have court dates next week and in February.

The melee seriously injured at least one biker and left the SUV driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien, beaten in the street.

Police say the incident, which was recorded on a helmet-mounted camera and later posted to YouTube, was touched off when a biker slowed down and bumped Lien's Range Rover. Video captured at the scene shows Lien surrounded by dozens of helmeted riders before he takes off and strikes one. The bikers give chase and Lien is eventually stopped, pulled from the SUV and beaten.

Lien hasn't been charged with a crime and hasn't spoken publicly about the case. His wife, who was in the SUV with him and their 2-year-old child, has blamed the bikers for putting the family in "grave danger."

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