Man charged in violent confrontation between SUV driver, motorcyclists

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October 7, 2013, 5:48 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Leanne Gregg) -  The motorcyclist accused of triggering a violent confrontation between bikers and a New York City motorist was charged Sunday with first degree gang assault.

Good Samaritan Sergio Consuegra said, "I do not call myself a hero."

But many others do.

This video shows part of what Consuegra happened upon last week. It shows a man smashing in the window of an SUV driven by Alexian Lien, who was dragged from his vehicle and beaten, while his wife and two-year-old toddler were in the car.

Consuegra said, "I felt like they wanted to kill the man. I have to take a chance. I have to step in."

That's when Consuegra put himself between the victim and attackers.

He said, “Let it go. That's it. So we stood there just looking at each other's faces. I stood my ground. I kept saying let it go man. That's it. That's it, you know, and they started to leave.

The motorcyclist in the video, Reginald Chance was arrested and charged with first degree gang assault. Another biker also faces a charge of gang assault. .

An attorney for Chance said his client's role has been overstated.

Gregory Watts said, “My client obviously overrated in smashing the window but beyond that he was not a participant in any assault on that victim.”

Also under investigation is that as many as six off duty police officers who may have taken part in the unauthorized bike rally last Sunday. NBC sources say one of them witnessed the beating, but was so undercover he didn't want to step in. internal affairs is looking into why it took several days for him to come forward.

The Lien's harrowing ordeal was made better because of the actions of a Good Samaritan.

Tags: charges, NYC, SUV, gang, Good Samaritan, motorcyclists, leanne gregg, Sergio Consuegra
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