Who's Who in the Clash Between Bikers and Family in SUV
MANHATTAN — A highway confrontation between a throng of bikers and a family in an SUV grabbed national headlines and launched a sweeping manhunt.
Since the attack on Sept. 29, investigators have hauled in a string of bikers allegedly involved in the altercation — including two NYPD officers — that ended with the beating of SUV driver Alexian Lien in front of his wife and daughter on Sept. 29.
Key to the investigation has been a 6-minute amateur video, which was apparently taken on a helmet camera by one of the bikers, which captures the initial confrontation between Lien and the bikers on the Henry Hudson Parkway near 125th Street and shows their ensuing chase that ended with Lien's beating near St. Nicholas Avenue and West 178th Street.
DNAinfo has assembled a timeline and a who's who on those involved:
► Alexian Lien — Lien, a 33-year-old who works in finance, was out celebrating his wedding anniversary with wife, Rosalyn Ng, and their 2-year-old daughter when his Range Rover rear-ended the back of a motorcyclist's wheel on the Henry Hudson Parkway near 125th Street. Bikers surrounded his vehicle and began beating it with their helmets. Lien drove away, hitting three other bikers, cops said. Ng said in a statement released by family lawyers that she and her husband felt they were "faced with a life-threatening situation" and "anyone faced with this sort of grave danger would have taken the same course of action." Lien was not immediately charged after the clash.
► Kevin Bresloff — Bresloff recorded the shocking footage on a helmet-mounted camera and uploaded it to YouTube under the username "Michelinmann900," according to prosecutors and reports. The video covered the inital collision and ultimate beat-down. Bresloff, a 37-year-old from Long Island told police his camera broke-down just before the bikers pulled Lien from the SUV, the New York Post reported. "Based upon the sole fact that I ride a motorcycle, the public has decided that I am a thug or gang member. This is simply not true. I was a spectator of these unfortunate events that occurred," Bresloff told CBS. Bresloff was not immediately charged in the clash.
► Christopher Cruz — Prosecutors said Cruz, a 28-year-old motorcyclist from New Jersey, pulled his bike into Lien's path and stopped short, triggering a rear-end crash. After Lien hit the back of Cruz's bike, dozens of fellow bikers swarmed the SUV to slash its tires and bang on the windows, cops said. Cruz was arrested on Oct. 1 and charged with unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving. His driver's license was also suspended.
► Edwin Mieses — Once Lien's SUV was surrounded, he pressed the gas and struck three motorcyclists including Mieses, 32, cops said. Mieses had been trying to defuse the situation, his lawyer said. The collision fractured his spine, broke his ribs, and punctured his lung, and tore a blood vessel, his lawyer said. The attack has left him paralyzed, according to his family. Friends rallied in front of St. Luke's Hospital where Mieses remained on life support days after the SUV hit him.
► Reginald Chance — The group of about 20 or 30 bikers chased Lien's Range Rover to West 178th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue where his path was blocked by traffic, cops said. There, 37-year-old Chance grabbed his silver helmet and smashed in Lien's window, prosecutors said. Chance was arrested about a week afterwards, cops said. His attorney said Lien hit Chance, a father of six from Crown Heights, when he drove away at 125th Street. Prosecutors charged Chance with assault, gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and unlawful imprisonment. Chance had been arrested in April for selling drugs to an undercover cop, court records show. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service. His license had also been suspended until the end of December. He's due back in court Oct. 11.
► Clint Caldwell — The 32-year-old from Flatbush grabbed onto the shattered driver's side window and ripped out the glass then reached in to touch Lien, prosecutors said. Caldwell was identified by his black helmet, blue sweatshirt, dark pants and black and white gloves, prosecutors said. He was arrested Oct. 8 and charged with gang assault and assault.
► James Kuehne — Kuehne, a 31-year-old from Gravesend, was arrested on Oct. 10 and faces charges of gang assault, assault, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.
► Robert Sims — Sims was part of the group of bikers who attacked Lien at 178th Street and St. Nicholas Ave., pummeling him on the asphalt street and stomping on his head and body, prosecutors said. About four or five others joined 35-year-old Sims in the attack, officials said. Investigators identified Sims by the number "78" emblazoned on his jacket, prosecutors said. Sims turned himself in to cops and on Oct. 5 and was charged with gang assault, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.
► Craig Wright — Wright was also one of the bikers who assaulted Lien, prosecutors said. Wright, who was arrested at his Canarsie home Oct. 7, was identified by his distinctive jacket adorned with the number "13," prosecutors said. Wright was charged with gang assault, assault, and unlawful imprisonment. He's due back in court Oct. 11.
► Allen Edwards — Cops said Edwards was one of the bikers who banged on Lien's windows. He turned himself in on Oct. 1. But the Manhattan District Attorney's office declined to prosecute Edwards, pending further investigation, they said.
► Detective Wojciech Braszczok - Braszczok, an off-duty undercover detective, attacked Lien's Range Rover along with the swarm of other bikers, sources said. The seven-year veteran initially told superiors that he was not involved because he rode up as the fight was ending, sources said. However, investigators spotted Braszczok, 32, in video footage banging on the SUV while wearing a jacket emblazoned with phrases "Front Line Soldiers," "New Rochelle, NY," and "WOJTEK," officials said. Prosecutors said he also broke the SUV's rear window, though Braszczok's attorney's disputed that. He was arrested Oct. 8 and arraigned the next day on charges of assault, gang assault and criminal mischief, prosecutors said. His attorneys also requested the press be barred from photographing their client because it might jeopardize undercover cases he was involved in. He previously infiltrated Occupy Wall Street and helped plan the Zuccotti Park raid, sources said. Braszczok was also stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty, sources said.
► Internal Affairs officer — Days after the attack, an officer with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau told his superiors that he was with the swarm of bikers, sources said. It was not immediately clear if he also assaulted Lien or his Range Rover.
► Samir Gonsalves — Gonsalves was also present during the ride, sources said, but it wasn't clear what role he played. It was not clear if he would face criminal charges. He was recently arrested to a fighting police officers who tried to break up a fight between him and his girlfriend who works for the Queens District Attorney's office.
► Unidentified bikers — Cops released photos Oct. 6 of two men they were looking to speak with. One man, who cops said beat Lien, held a black helmet and was wearing a black hoodie. A second man was caught on camera wearing a black jacket and a silver helmet adorned with stickers. Investigators released more photos of other bikers seen in the slideshow here.
► Sergio Consuerga — Consuerga, 52, was walking to church when he saw the violent encounter and ran over, according to reports. He told the bikers to leave Lien alone, he recalled during an Oct. 6 press conference. "I say to them, 'That's it guys. Let it go, man. Let it go,'" he said. "We stood at each other, looking at each other's faces, and somehow, they stopped right in front of me."