Fourth biker charged in New York SUV chase
A fourth biker has been arraigned following a high-speed chase which ended in an assault on a family's SUV, police in New York said Sunday as investigators called for help in locating two more bikers connected with the attack.
Reginald Chance, 37, allegedly used his helmet to smash through the front window of Alexian Lien’s Range Rover before he was pulled from the vehicle and assaulted in front of his wife and toddler.
Part of the attack was captured on video.
Facing the most serious charges connected with the attack to date, Chance has been charged with gang assault, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment and a judge set his bail at $100,000.
Cops say he was taking part in an unauthorized daredevil rally dubbed Hollywood Stuntz on September 29, when riders swarmed around Lien's Range Rover on the West Side Highway in New York after he clipped Christopher Cruz’s back tire.
Cruz was later charged with reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment for slowing down in front of Lien, who was forced to halt by other bikers, some of whom began attacking the SUV with their helmets and slashing its tires, police said.
Lien then sped off, running down a rider, Edwin "Jay" Mieses, who was standing in front of him.
The Mieses family’s high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred portrayed him as an innocent victim who was trying to calm tempers and disperse the crowd after the fender bender. He suffered a broken spine, torn aortic valve and punctured lung.
"His sole intention was to defuse the situation," she said Friday, adding that doctors were unsure whether he would ever walk again.
After a 50-block chase, the group cornered Lien, smashed in his window with their helmets and beat him, police said.
Lien was later treated for his injuries and later released from New York area hospital.
His wife, Rosalyn Ng, released a statement Thursday expressing sympathy for Mieses but said her husband had no choice but to flee the bikers because it was a "life-threatening situation."
Niether Lien or Mieses have been charged with a crime.
Yolanda Santiago fights back tears as she speaks with WHDH about her son, one of the motorcyclists who remains in a medically-induced coma after allegedly being run over by the driver a black Range Rover during an altercation on New York City's West Side Highway. "He'll never be able to walk again," she says.
Chance's lawyer said the gang assault charge is excessive because his client did not actually assault the driver, according to NBC New York.
"My client obviously overreacted in smashing the window, but beyond that he was not a participant in any assault on the victim," Gregory Watts, said.
The New York City Police Department is also asking for the public's assistance in locating and identifying two more suspects connected with the assault.
One has a a flag sticker of "Guyana" on the rear of the bike they said in a statement.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or text their tips to or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
The public can also submit tips at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.