Another Biker Arrested, Charged In Road-Rage Melee
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Another biker has been arrested in the road rage attack that left a sport-utility vehicle driver injured.
Police arrested Kaliq Douglas, 28, of Brooklyn. He was charged with gang assault and assault to cause serious injury.
Douglas, who has no prior arrests, was held on $25,000 bail Saturday.
It was not clear Saturday morning whether Douglas was seen in the viral video of the attack.
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In all, seven people have been charged in the attack on SUV driver Alexian Lien in front of his wife and young child.
Biker Reginald Chance, 37, was indicted last week on gang assault and other charges. Authorities said he is seen on YouTube video smashing the Range Rover’s window with his helmet just before Lien, was dragged out and beaten.
Also indicted last week was Craig Wright, 29, who is charged with gang assault and unlawful imprisonment.
Prosecutors said Wright punched Lien through a broken window and then joined in stomping him on the street after he was pulled out of his Range Rover.
Another defendant, undercover NYPD detective Wojciech Braszczok, who is accused of being a key player in the attack, has opted to testify before a grand jury in February.
Another suspect, Clint Caldwell, also decided he would testify before a grand jury.
A fifth suspect, James Kuehne, was released on $200,000 bond last week after being charged with gang assault and other offenses. He didn’t enter a plea.
Biker Robert Sims, one of the first bikers arrested and charged in the case, remains behind bars. Police said Sims is seen in the video opening Lien’s driver’s side door in the middle of the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Christopher Cruz, 28, was also hit with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. He is accused of starting the melee by stopping short, leading Lien to knock into him.
Video of the encounter that was recorded on a helmet-mounted camera and later posted on YouTube begins with Cruz pulling in front of the black Range Rover and decelerating to the point where the vehicle bumps his back tire.
The video then shows riders swarming around the SUV. Police said some began damaging the Range Rover, hitting it with their helmets and slashing its tires, though it’s not clear from the video.
Lien, who was in the car with his wife and 2-year-old child, takes off, running over biker Edwin Mieses Jr.,. Lien’s wife said they had no other choice but to flee.
After being chased by the bikers for nearly two miles, Lien was pulled out of his car and beaten when he got off the highway around West 178th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, police said.
Lien was taken to the hospital after the attack, where he needed stitches to his face. His wife and child were unhurt.
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