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Eyewitness says bikers went after SUV driver’s wife during brutal attack

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-03 22:54:44-04
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The new footage shows the group of 20-30 bikers overtaking a gas station at Seaman and Dyckman in Inwood.

One of the good Samaritans that helped the young father dragged out of his SUV and beaten on a street in upper Manhattan  by a mob of bikers says some in the group were after the man’s wife as well.

At a press conference held by State Senator Adriano Espiallat and Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa Thursday, new video  was released showing bikers swarming the streets of upper Manhattan, riding on sidewalks and weaving through pedestrians before their brutal confrontation with Alexian Lien, his wife and their two-year-old daughter. The couple was out celebrating their wedding anniversary.

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Officials say the bikers cause quality of life issues for people in upper Manhattan neighborhoods.

Authorities believe the group of bikers began damaging Lien’s vehicle after he bumped the rear of one of the motorcycles, causing him to run over one of the bikers while fleeing.  The mob then chased the family for several miles into Washington Heights before dragging Lien out of the car and beating him on the street. The biker that was run over by Lien remains in a medically induced coma with a broken spine. His family says he will never walk again.

The man who helped the family did not attend the press conference, but told officials the bikers were after Lien’s wife and initially believed Lien was dead from how badly he was beaten.

Espiallat, Rosa, and other upper Manhattan community activists said that bikers overtook the neighborhood, causing people who were dining outside at local restaurants to run inside. The officials believe that the illegal bike rallies, like the one the group was headed to, cause quality of life issues for the entire neighborhood. They are calling for harsher punishments for motorcyclists who break traffic laws.