NEW YORK (PIX11) – A veteran undercover arrested in the biker beating of SUV driver Alexian Lien now faces an upgraded charge after appearing in court Wednesday.
Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, now faces gang assault, assault and criminal mischief charges after being arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom.
He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail, but is expected to get out.
Defense attorney John Arlia said the charges are trumped up and claims that the video shows Brasczok wasn’t part of assault on driver.
Brasczok, a 10-year veteran, waited three days after the assault to come forward, telling investigators that he arrived after the beating and was too late to stop the assault on Lien by the pack of bikers he was with that Sunday. However, video clearly showed that Brasczok was there, according to a source, and even punched the rear window of the SUV.
His lawyer said he only kicked the door and that the window was already broken.
The beating left the 33-year-old father hospitalized with slash wounds to the face and torso after the bikers allegedly dragged Lien out of the SUV, according to police. The attack followed a fender bender between a biker and Lien, which escalated after the motorcyclists surrounded his SUV. Lien accelerated sharply, running over and critically injuring one biker and driving until 178th St. in upper Manhattan where he was forced to stop behind traffic and was allegedly beaten by the mob of bikers.
Braszczok is expected to testify in grand jury proceedings on Friday.