Hollywood Stuntz bikers Allen Edwards, Christopher Cruz arrested in SUV driver beating

7:45 AM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
A pack of motorcyclists follow and harass an SUV driving through Manhattan Sunday before smashing in the SUV's window. (Photo: VPC)
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NEW YORK -- A second biker suspected of joining a videotaped attack on an SUV carrying a man and his family has surrendered to New York City police and a third person is being sought for smashing the car's window with his helmet.

The altercation Sunday also left a biker seriously injured, and possibly paralyzed for life, when the panicked driver plowed through some of the 20 or 30 motorcyclists who had surrounded his car.

On Tuesday, police arrested Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, N.J., who was accused of involvement in the the initial accident that sparked a high-speed chase. Cruz was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.

A second suspect, Allen Edwards, 42, surrendered to police on Tuesday but was released on Wednesday pending further investigation.

Police are looking for a third a biker shown on the video smashing the SUV's window with his helmet.

The injured biker, Edwin Mieses Jr., 26, of Lawrence, Mass., suffered broken legs and spine injuries, his wife, Dayana Mieses, said outside a New York hospital.

"There's no hope for his back," she said. "They crushed his spine. They broke it in two different places, so he will be forever, forever paralyzed."

The driver of the SUV, Alexian Lien, who was pulled from his car and beaten, was treated for knife lacerations to his back and face, police said. His wife and 2-year-old daughter, who were in the car during the ordeal, were not injured.

The video shows the swarm of bikers converging on Lien's car at several points after he apparently clipped one that had pulled in front of his Range Roger.

It shows bikers beating on the side of the car and apparently slicing the tires. It was during one of the stops that Lien suddenly accelerates his car, plowing into several bikers, including Mieses.

The video, which has been seen by millions on YouTube, sparked strong emotions on all sides, including friends and family of the injured biker. A Facebook page titled "Justice for Jay Meezee," which refers to the biker's nickname, says he had gotten off his motorcycle to help one of the other bikers when he was struck by the car.

"He was on the ground attending to an injured person and was run over like an animal!!!!" the posting on the page reads.

Lien, the driver of the SUV, has not been charged, although New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the incident is still under investigation.

"Well, it depends on what the circumstances are," Kelly said. "It depends on whether or not your vehicle is being attacked, whether or not you think you're being attacked, whether or not your wife and child's in the car. You have to look at the totality of the circumstances, and that's what we're doing."

Contributing: Associated Press

 

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