SUV gang assault: Fourth biker faces charges in attack on driver

Posted at 7:41 PM, Oct 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-07 19:41:51-04

MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A 29-year-old motorcyclist was arrested Monday in connection with the attack on the driver of an SUV in Washington Heights.

Craig Wright, of Brooklyn, is expected to face charges of gang assault, and is the fourth person to be arrested in the case that has garnered international attention after multiple videos went viral of the Sept. 29 incident.

According to the NYPD, Wright is seen in a piece of video “punching through the window of the SUV and kicking (the driver) twice,” an NYPD spokesman told CNN about the attack on the driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien.

Authorities told CNN that Wright’s license plate was caught on video. They also said Wright’s uncle identified him.

On Sunday, suspect  Reginald Chance flipped off cameras during his arraignment, where he was charged with gang assault, weapons possession, criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment.

A criminal complaint said that Chance is the man caught on video wearing a black leather jacket with a silver emblem, who took off his helmet and slammed it over and over again into the driver’s side window of Lien’s black Range Rover. His attorney has said Chance overreacted, but did not beat Lien. The attorney also alleged Lien’s SUV knocked Chance off his bike.

But prosecutors say it was Robert Sims – charged with assault and weapons possession — who stomped on Lien’s head and body. Christopher Cruz, 28, was charged last week with unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving, authorities said. Police say he used his motorcycle to slow Lien down on the West Side Highway, and police alleged he caused an accident with the SUV.

The attack by Sims and at least five to six other bikers in the pack led to slashes above each of Lien’s eyes, slashes to his face and lips, two black eyes and bruises all over his body.

Another important focus is an ongoing internal investigation by the  NYPD into the actions of one its own..

An undercover detective was with the same pack of bikers that day, but the detective only brought that to the attention of his superiors on Wednesday- three days later

His attorney  told PIX11 News he never saw Lien, but did fear his cover would get blown and did not have a weapon or shield with him at the time of the attack. The detective has been placed on modified duty and has had his gun and shield removed.