NYPD Detective Charged in Biker SUV Attack

Four other attack suspects appear in Manhattan court

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff | Suggested by BCS

Posted Oct 8, 2013 6:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Looks like an undercover NYPD detective did take part in that bizarre motorcycle-SUV attack last week, the Daily News reports. An earlier report had him riding undercover with the bikers, but not intervening when they assaulted an SUV driver for hitting a biker in their group. Now a "damning video" (this one, perhaps) shows the detective striking the SUV before driver Alexian Lien was viciously beaten, according to the paper.

The video "shows him punching the back window, and then as the camera is moving, it catches him maybe throwing a kick at the side of the car," says a police source. "Once the beating starts you can see him hop on the bike and take off. So he's not involved in the assault, but he lied. He wasn't truthful." The still-unidentified detective turned himself in today to Manhattan Central Booking. Also today, one of four suspects charged in the attack—Craig Wright, 29—pleaded not guilty in court. He was held on $100,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

This combination of undated images released by the the New York City Police Department shows a man wanted for questioning in regards to an assault on Sept. 29, 2013.
This combination of undated images released by the the New York City Police Department shows a man wanted for questioning in regards to an assault on Sept. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
Craig Wright, right, stands in court with his attorney Mitchell Elman in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
Craig Wright, right, stands in court with his attorney Mitchell Elman in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jefferson Siegel, Pool)
The Range Rover involved in the bikers attack is being moved from the police precinct for further police investigation Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in New York.
The Range Rover involved in the bikers attack is being moved from the police precinct for further police investigation Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 in New York.   (AP Photo/David Karp)
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