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Injured biker charged in NYC clash with Range Rover that sparked chase, beating

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By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

(NBC) - Police have arrested a motorcyclist injured in a clash with a Range Rover on a Manhattan highway that triggered a wild chase and beating by a pack of fellow bikers bent on revenge.

Christopher Cruz was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of the child, police told NBC New York. The NYPD is looking for more of the two dozen men involved in the hell-ride — which was caught on video.

Alexian Lien, 33, was out for a drive with his wife and 2-year-old daughter when he was surrounded by a pack of bikers apparently taking part in an unauthorized rally called Hollywood Stuntz, police said.

Video from a helmet camera that was posted on YouTube shows Cruz's motorcycle slowing down right in front of the Range Rover, which clipped the bike.

The bikers then surrounded Lien's vehicle.

"They take their helmets and start to dent his car, and apparently his tires are slashed there with a knife," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Lien sped off in fear, hitting more bikes, police said.

The rest of the crew chased the Range Rover for 50 blocks until it was cornered in upper Manhattan, where video shows one motorcyclist smashing in the window with a helmet.

Police said the gang got into the car and assaulted Lien in front of his wife and child, slashing his face and chest. He was treated and released from Columbia University Medical Center.

Kelly said the bikers did not have a permit for the rally and the NYPD only learned of the gathering — in its second year — through social media.

He said police had fanned out around Manhattan to watch for trouble, arresting 15 bikers and confiscating 55 motorcycles unrelated to the attack on the Range Rover.

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