Police are still searching for suspects in an apparent road rage case that left a 45-year-old man beaten to death by a group of ATV and dirt bike riders in Harlem, officials said.
The incident began around 10 p.m. on Nov. 4 when the victim’s vehicle was surrounded by 30 ATVs and dirt bikes, police said. One of the vehicles struck the passenger side mirror of the victim’s car, causing him to pull over.
The victim, identified as Arthur Cooke, of Manhattan, exited his vehicle to inspect the damage and members of the ATV group surrounded him and began to physically assault him, authorities said.
The NYPD said one attacker brandished a firearm toward the victim, but no shots were fired during the attack.
Following the assault, an adult male — who was not associated with the ATV group — entered Cooke’s vehicle and fled the scene, police said.
EMS responded and transported Cooke to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem, where he was hospitalized until he died on Nov. 18.
The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the neck and spine, officials said.
The NYPD said the incident is being investigated as a homicide and an official motive is unknown. However, authorities said the incident may be road rage as the victim may have been trying to pass the group in his vehicle.
According to authorities, a female passenger was also traveling in the vehicle with Cooke at the time of the attack but she was not harmed.
No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the borough that the victim lived in.