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NYC Motorcyle Attack: Christopher Cruz, 28, arrested in connection with road rage incident involving SUV

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

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the assault of a man by a mob of bikers while he was driving with his family on a New York City highway.

Christopher Cruz, 28, was charged on Tuesday morning with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing . Police say he was involved in the initial accident. Cruz was not injured in the accident.

The assault on the 33-year-old man, identified byCBS New York as Alexian Lien, began around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the West Side Highway after he got into an accident with one of the bikers around 125th Street. After the driver and motorcyclist pulled over, they were quickly surrounded by 20 to 30 bikers who began damaging the victim's Range Rover, police said.

Lien, who was traveling with his wife and toddler, struck two other bikers while fleeing, police said. The other bikers gave chase, pursuing him for about 2 1/2 miles, and again surrounded the vehicle. They pulled the man from the SUV and beat him, police said.

Lien was taken to a hospital where he required stitches to his face. His wife and child were not injured.

Police said one biker suffered two broken legs after the SUV ran over him and another biker suffered a leg injury.

Lien has not been charged.

According to CBS Boston, the wife of one of the injured bikers says her husband is paralyzed and in a coma.

Dayana Mieses says her husband, Edwin Mieses, got off his bike to help a biker who was hit in the initial collision and was injured in the process, reports the station. She says her husband has injuries to his heart, lungs and ribs and that he is paralyzed from the waist down.

"That man paralyzed my husband," Mieses said of Lien. "He needs to pay for what he did."

Police believe some of the bikers belong to a gang known as Hollywood Stuntz. They said the motorcyclists were part of a planned but unauthorized event in which hundreds of riders gathered outside of Manhattan, with the intent of driving into Times Square en masse.

  • Crimesider Staff

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