(NEW YORK) — One biker involved in Sunday’s motorcycle melee and attack in New York City has been arrested for instigating the confrontation while cops search for other bikers who chased and beat an SUV driver.
Police arrested Christopher Cruz of Passaic, N.J., Tuesday on charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said he is the motorcyclist who caused an initial accident with a Range Rover on Sunday afternoon, sparking a high-speed chase and fight.
The SUV’s driver, Alexian Lien, was driving northbound on Manhattan’s West Side Highway with his wife and child when he was surrounded by motorcyclists on a ride through New York. The bikers slowed down, and Cruz allegedly cut in front of Lien’s Range Rover and slowed down abruptly.
Lien’s Range Rover then bumped into Cruz’s bike. The motorcyclists then began yelling and gesturing at Lien, causing him to take off at a high speed away from the group. As he accelerated, Lien barreled through the group, hitting three bikers, one of whom was hospitalized.
Police said the hospitalized biker, Edwin Mieses, suffered a broken leg, but friends who set up a Facebook page for him said that Mieses was injured more seriously and is in a coma from the accident.
St. Luke’s Hospital in New York said Mieses is in critical condition.
Twenty to 30 motorcyclists then chased Lien’s Range Rover up the highway and onto the Henry Hudson Parkway, where they bashed his car with their helmets, dragged Lien out of the vehicle and beat him.
Lien received stitches at a hospital after the altercation, authorities said.
The entire confrontation was captured on a six-minute helmet-cam video taken by one of the bikers and uploaded to the Internet.
Police are now combing through the video and witness accounts to find other suspects involved in the attack.
The NYPD distributed a still from the video of two suspects wanted in the assault on the driver and said that one bike had a flag sticker of Guyana on the back. The drivers are still being sought.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday that Lien would not face charges for hitting bikers, including Mieses, as he fled.
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