In late September, a man celebrating his first anniversary with his wife and toddler daughter called 9-1-1 to report hundreds of bikers driving erratically. When one of those bikers swerved in front or Alexian Lien's Range Rover to "brake check" him, it caused a collision that would be the catalyst for a violent attack that left Lien injured and a motorcycle rider critically injured.
Incidents Leading Up to The Assault
When Lien's vehicle bumped the rear tire of a motorcycle ridden by Christopher Cruz, other bikers surrounded the SUV, slashing tires and banging on the windows. In a panicked effort to protect himself, his wife, and their 2-year-old daughter, Lien--who initially stopped--fled, running over another biker, Edwin Mieses, Jr. Mieses family says the incident left him paralyzed and in a coma.
Lien was not charged, as video evidence and numerous 9-1-1- calls support his claim that he drove away in an effort to protect his family. However, the motorcyclists pursued the Range Rover, and when the vehicle was forced to stop in traffic, several bikers smashed windows--including the driver's side window, the passenger window, and a rear window--before pulling Lien from the vehicle, punching and kicking him.
The attack on Lien ended only when a passerby, 50-year-old Sergio Consuegra, stepped between the downed man and the bikers, spreading his arms and saying, "That's it, guys. Let it go." After more than a month of investigation, a grand jury has indicted eleven bikers accused of participating in the attack on charges including gang assault, first degree assault, second degree assault, riot, and criminal mischief.
Read more about assault charges here. Among those indicted was an undercover police detective, Wojceich Braszczok. Initially, it was reported that Braszczok did not help prevent the attack because he had to protect his cover; however, video footage appears to show that Braszczok did not merely fail to report or prevent the attack, but that he was an active participant in the attack, striking and kicking the vehicle's windows.
Braszczok, who is free on $150,000 bail, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. In the meantime, the family of Edwin Mieses, Jr., has hired famed attorney Gloria Allred. Mieses family believes that Lien should face criminal charges for running over the motorcyclists and leaving the scene of an accident.
More Details of the Case
In early October, it was revealed that Mieses was operating the motorcycle without a license, having had his driver's license revoked as a habitual traffic offender. Reports say that Mieses has not had a valid driver's license since 1999, and his license to drive in Massachussetts has been suspended until 2017. Allred calls the fact that Mieses was not legally operating a vehicle "irrelevant" since he was not actually operating the motorcycle at the time he was run over.
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