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NYC Motorcycle Attack Update: NYPD identifies biker who allegedly assaulted SUV driver

Bikes seen surrounding SUV on West Side Highway on September 29, 2013 CBS

Bikes seen surrounding SUV on West Side Highway on September 29, 2013
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(CBS) NEW YORK - The New York City Police Department has identified a suspect who bashed the window of a man driving with his family on a New York City highway Sunday after a group of motorcycles surrounded the SUV driver, reports CBS New York.

The suspect, who allegedly bashed his helmet in the front side window of Alexian Lien's car before pulling him out of the car and beating him in front of his wife and child, is reportedly expected to surrender Friday.

Although the incident was caught on a high definition helmet video, police are still trying to identify others involved in the Manhattan's West Side highway chase.

Lien, 33, was driving in a Range Rover with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when a group of bikers surrounded him on the highway. The father reportedly ran over Edwin Mieses, one of the bikers, in an attempt to get away from the mob. Mieses' wife said that her husband has been paralyzed from the waist down.

The confrontation reportedly began when one of the bikers slowed down in front of Lien's car, forcing him to break. Within seconds, the other bikers surrounded the vehicle, and that's when lien hit the gas, injuring Mieses as he drove away.

Lien's wife said Thursdaythat her husband was forced to do what he did: "Our fear for our lives was confirmed when the incident ended with the ruthless and brutal attack on my husband, me, and most importantly, our two-year-old child. We know in our hearts that we could not have done anything differently."

Mieses's family has reportedly hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.

The only person criminally charged so far is Christopher Cruz. The 28-year-old was arraigned Wednesday on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. His defense lawyer has denied all allegations.

Complete coverage of the New York City motorcycle attack on Crimesider

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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