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Undercover Cop Pleads Not Guilty In Bikers Vs. SUV Highway Brawl

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

NEW YORK (AP) -- An undercover New York City police detective has pleaded not guilty to gang assault related to a motorcyclist-SUV highway melee.

Undercover detective Wojciech Braszczok appeared in Manhattan state Supreme Court Wednesday. He came to court with his hood over his head and a scarf covering his face.

Prosecutors have said Braszczok participated in the Sept. 29 attack by shattering the SUV's back window. He was off duty at the time. Defense attorney John Arlia had no comment.

Investigators say the bikers converged on the SUV after the driver bumped a bike that slowed in front of him.

Police say the driver ran over a biker while trying to get away. They say the motorcyclists caught up with the driver and beat him.

The driver hasn't been charged.


Associated Press Release

By DAVID B. CARUSO

NEW YORK (AP) -- A motorcyclist accused of instigating an encounter with an SUV on a New York City highway that ended with the SUV driver being chased and beaten is due in court Wednesday for arraignment.

Christopher Cruz of Passaic, N.J., faces charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says it decided not to prosecutor Allen Edwards of Queens, a second motorcyclist taken into custody Tuesday.

An Internet video shows a group of bikers surrounding the SUV on the West Side Highway on Sunday after an altercation. The SUV driver took off, plowing through the crowd. Police say the bikers chased the driver, ambushed his car and attacked him.

The driver needed stitches. His wife and toddler were in the car but weren't injured.


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