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NYPD: Two In Custody, More Sought In Motorcycle Swarm Assault

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At least two people are in custody in connection with an incident where a group of motorcyclists are accused of chasing down and attacking an SUV driver in Manhattan.

Police say Christopher Cruz, 28, was one of the two people taken into custody.

They say Cruz was the rider who tried to slow the black Range Rover down while the motorcyclists were driving on the Henry Hudson Parkway Sunday afternoon.

Police say video, which was apparently shot by one of the bikers, shows the SUV colliding with one of them.

The second person in custody hasn't been charged with a crime, according to police.

According to police, after being surrounded by motorcycles, the SUV driver then tried to flee by plowing right through the crowd.

The SUV driver, identified in published reports as Alexian Lien, later stopped and was surrounded by 20 motorcyclists.

"They take their helmets and start to dent his car and apparently his tires were slashed with a knife. He gets in the car, he's in the car with his wife, he drives, continues to drive to 178th Street between Wadsworth Avenue and the Henry Hudson where he is stopped again by a group of motorcyclists. He is taken out of the car. He is assaulted," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Kelly says the bikers initially gathered from various locations for what he calls a stunt event in Times Square.

Lien was treated at the hospital and released.

His wife and young child were in the SUV during the attack but were not hurt.

Through a post on Facebook, the bikers say one of their friends is in critical condition and paralyzed after being struck by the SUV.

They say they are not the villains.

"It depends on what the circumstances are," Kelly said. "It depends on whether or not your vehicle is being attacked, whether or not you think you're being attacked, whether or not your wife and child's in the car. You have to look at the totality of the circumstances, and that's what we're doing."

Police are still looking for several people involved in the assault.

The suspects have logos on the back of their jackets, and some of their shirts say 315.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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