NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man says he’s received hundreds of death threats — all because of a case of mistaken identity.
It started Sunday after the now-infamous incident on the Henry Hudson Parkway – where a group of motorcyclists pulled a man from his Range Rover and beat him.
But as CBS 2’s Tamara Leitner reported Friday, a Brooklyn man who was not involved is now afraid for his life.
Bob Cotter is what you would call a tough guy. As a stuntman he’s been lit on fire, tossed off a building and struck by cars. But he’s never been threatened. Until now …
“We’ll get you people. No more. We’ll get you,” a voicemail he received said.
“We’ve been inundated with phone calls and emails, threats,” Cotter told Leitner.
The calls and email started Sunday night after news broke that a group of motorcyclists attacked a man and his family driving on the Henry Hudson Parkway. One of the bikers videotaped part of the incident from a helmet cam. Police said the bikers were part of an underground riding group known as “Hollywood Stuntz.”
“They want to kill us. They want to do exactly what the thugs on the West Side Highway did to that poor couple,” Cotter said.
Cotter’s business, a professional stunt training center, also happens to be called “Hollywood Stunts.”
“We didn’t even know anything about this group until Sunday night.”
Cotter has trained stuntmen for movies and commercials. He’s taught them how to take a beating, use a sword and fall through the air. But now he says his own life is being threatened.
“I’m going to kick your (expletive) ass. That’s what I’m going to do. You (expletives) are dead. I can’t believe you would do something so stupid to hurt a family and his father and daughter and his wife. You’re (expletive) dead,” another voicemail message said.
“A dad, a wife and a child, that’s what you did and try and make like you are all innocent people?” another message said.
“I’m going to do what I have to do and business is going to continue,” Cotter said.
Some have recommended he take down his website or even change the company name, but Cotter said he’s not about to shut his doors. He said he reported the threats to police, but was told the incidents will pass.
Leitner reached out to police and they told her they are looking into the incident.
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