A motorcyclist accused of touching off a bloody, caught-on-video confrontation between bikers and an SUV driver on the West Side Highway has pleaded guilty to assault and rioting.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office had said in December that the SUV driver’s facial injuries were healing and might not warrant the first-degree assault and gang assault charges against Detective Wojciech Braszczok and nine other bikers. The charges require permanent disfigurement.
Wojciech Braszczok appeared in Manhattan state Supreme Court Wednesday. He and 10 other bikers were charged with gang assault in the Sept. 29 West Side Highway incident.
Police have charged 40-year-old Jason Brown of Brooklyn with felony assault and gang assault.
A YouTube video of a disturbing confrontation between an SUV driver and group of motorcyclists on the West Side Highway has captivated the country — and left law enforcement officials in New York City busy. There are a lot of players and suspects involved in the case — here is a breakdown of those involved.
Weeks after video of a road rage attack in Manhattan by a bunch of bikers on the driver of an SUV went viral, a second undercover police officer has come forward.
The spot is called “Can’t Go Back.” After running footage of the motorcycle melee, it segues to images from the 1970s and ’80s, depicting an overturned police car, a man holding a gun, and corpses on the ground.
Alexian Lien, the sport-utility vehicle driver who was attacked and beaten in a clash with bikers last month, was seen before cameras for the first time since the attack in recent days.
Among others facing possible indictment is undercover NYPD detective Wojciech Braszczok, who is accused of being a key player in the attack.
A seventh biker has been arraigned on charges stemming from the Sept. 29 incident that began on the West Side Highway.
Wojciech Braszczok was arraigned on assault, gang assault and criminal mischief charges.
His lawyer had said Monday that the detective only witnessed other bikers attacking the vehicle.
The NYPD released photos of the two persons of interest who they said were part of the large group of bikers. Police said the two are wanted for questioning.
Police have identified the suspect who authorities said is seen on a YouTube video violently smashing the window of a SUV after an intense confrontation between the driver and a group of bikers on Sunday.
Police released photos from their initiative after the driver of a SUV was chased and attacked Sunday by a large group of bikers on the Henry Hudson Parkway.