NEW YORK (AP) - Two more motorcyclists have been taken into police custody in connection with the videotaped beating of a New York City man by a gang of angry bikers.
The New York Police Department said Saturday that 35-year-old Robert Sims, of Brooklyn, has been charged with gang assault, weapons possession and other offenses related to last Sunday's attack on an SUV carrying a man, his wife and their young child.
Police say the bikers stopped the SUV on a highway, attacked the vehicle, then chased the driver and pulled him from the car after he plowed over Edwin Mieses, of Lawrence, Mass., while trying to escape.
Police detained another Brooklyn man Friday but said charges had not been filed.
Two other bikers were charged previously, though the case against one was dismissed.
The new charges come as the New York Post reports an off-duty undercover New York police officer was among the group of bikers who chased the Lien family and watched as the patriarch was pulled from his SUV and beaten.
Sources tell the newspaper the officer waited three days to come forward and he did not intervene in fear of blowing his cover, even though he was reportedly not investigating the bikers. He was placed on modified duty and turned in his gun and badge Friday.
Internal Affairs tells the Post they are looking into whether or not more off-duty officers were with the group.
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