Police arrested an off-duty, undercover officer Tuesday in connection with the brutal beating of an SUV driver by a mob of bikers following a fender bender along the West Side Highway.
According to the Manhattan DA, the undercover officer, who has not been identified, didn’t turn himself in until three days after the incident. On Monday, his attorney said that he arrived late and couldn’t have done anything for the beaten driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien. On further review of the incident however, police now believe that he was not only there, but that he participated in the incident, banging on the SUV’s windows and breaking out the rear one.
The officer’s lawyer also claimed that his client didn’t assist Lien, who was pulled from the vehicle and beaten viciously in front of his wife and 2-year-old girl, because he didn’t want to blow his cover.
The officer surrendered to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office Tuesday.
The case is still under investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs as cops are searching for three other bikers at the scene of the beating.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.