Another motorcyclist is facing charges in connection with the beating of a motorist pulled from his car and set upon by a group of motorcycle riders, in an incident caught by a video camera. Reginald Chance, 37, was arraigned Sunday in Manhattan on charges including assault and gang assault and held on $75,000 cash bail. During his court appearance, he was photographed raising his middle fingers at the press.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino said Chance didn't participate in the September 29th beating of Alexian Lien but set it in motion by breaking the motorist's window with his helmet, allowing the other riders to drag him into the street.
Defense attorney Gregory Watts acknowledged his client broke the window but said Chance then got on his bike and left. He said it's wrong to charge Chance with participating in a gang assault and he will "hotly contest" those charges.
Lien was assaulted after he hit a motorcyclist who slowed down in front of him on the Henry Hudson Parkway. A group of bikers surrounded him and he fled, running over one of the bikers, Edwin Mieses, who was seriously injured. The rest of the bikers then chased Lien to Washington Heights, where they beat him. Lien was driving with his wife and two year-old child.
Robert Sims, who surrendered Friday, was among those who allegedly stomped on Lien after he was dragged from the car. He was held on $100,000 bail on felony gang assault and assault charges after his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday. His lawyer has said he is innocent.
Meanwhile, Washington Heights resident Sergio Consuegra was hailed as a hero on Sunday by local elected officials for intervening in the assault and trying to help Lien. He said he “felt intense danger” as he joined others in trying to protect Lien after he was pulled from his car.
Last week, another suspect, Christopher Cruz, 28, was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. Police have said he is the one seen at the start of the video cutting in front of Lien’s Range Rover, causing the initial collision. His defense lawyer, H. Benjamin Perez, has denied all the allegations.
With reporting by Associated Press