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Undercover Queens detective, 10 other bikers indicted in attack on SUV driver


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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An undercover Queens detective and 10 other bikers were indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges in connection to an assault on an SUV driver in Upper Manhattan, according to published reports.

Wojciech Braszczok was charged with gang assault, criminal mischief, riot and other charges, according to the indictment, the AP said.

Braszczok, 32, pleaded not guilty along with the other defendants, and could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the top charges, said the New York Times.

He is free on $150,000 bail and is due back in court for a November 20 arraignment, according to court records. Braszczok, according to published reports, had originally been scheduled to testify in front of a grand jury in February of next year.

Braszczok, who, according to the New York Daily News, is a married father of two from Long Island City, was initially arrested and charged with criminal mischief and riot. Even though he didn’t participate in the September 29 assault, because he was aided by individuals who did take part, his charges were modified to gang assault, assault and criminal mischief, according to the criminal complaint.

Braszczok didn’t initially come forward to say that he was present during the incident until several days after it happened, and lied about witnessing the incident and his role, according to reports.

He reportedly turned himself in after he was identified in a video where he can be allegedly seen striking the SUV’s driver’s side window with his helmet multiple times and kicking the passenger side of the vehicle.

The SUV and the group of motorcyclists were both on the Henry Hudson Parkway when one of the bikers and the vehicle bumped, setting off the altercation, according to reports.

In a YouTube video, the SUV can be seen slowing down and then, according to reports, running over biker Edwin Mieses Jr., leaving him paralyzed. The driver, who had his wife and toddler in the car at the time, reportedly has claimed he felt threatened by the surrounding motorcyclists and that’s why he accelerated.

After the SUV hit Mieses, said police, several of the motorcyclists chased the car slashed its tires and did other damage to the vehicle. When the driver stopped near West 178 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, some of the bikers pulled the man from his Range Rover and assaulted him.

Braszczok is a 10-year veteran of the NYPD who has spent five years undercover, including work during Occupy Wall Street, reported the AP.

Uniformed officers, according to the AP, are required to intervene if they see a crime occurring, but the rules are less clear for undercover officers. If they witness a crime, they are required to immediately report it.

Braszczok, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, reportedly claimed he didn’t want to help the driver because he was afraid of blowing his cover.

 

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Pol’s staffer under investigation for alleged ties to group raising money for biker


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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A local politician’s staff member is under investigation for her alleged involvement with a group raising money to free one of the bikers indicted in connection with the assault of an SUV driver.

Ivettelis Rodriguez, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras’ district manager, was trying to raise money via her Facebook page to get Robert Sims out of jail, according to published reports.
Screenshots of Rodriguez’s posts from a Facebook name “Bandolera Ryderz LdyStickey Pro,” shows her on motorcycles, supporting a group to raise money to get Sims out of jail and also shows Rodriguez at her district manager job, reports said.

“I am deeply disappointed with the behavior my staffer, Ivettelis Rodriguez, has exhibited,” said Ferreras. “Her statements and behavior are not in any way indicative of my beliefs, nor is it an accurate reflection of the high standard of personal conduct to which I hold my staff. I am currently working with the City Council to launch a full investigation into the matter.”

The Facebook page has been taken down.

The SUV and the group of motorcyclists were both on the Henry Hudson Parkway on September 29 when, according to reports, one of the bikers and the vehicle bumped, which may have set off the altercation.

In a YouTube video, the SUV can be seen slowing down and then running over biker Edwin Mieses Jr., paralyzing him, according to reports. The driver, who had his wife and toddler in the car, reportedly has claimed he felt threatened by the surrounding motorcyclists and that’s why he accelerated.

After the SUV hit Mieses, police said several of the motorcyclists chased the car, slashed its tires and did other damage to the vehicle. When the driver stopped, some of the bikers pulled the man from his Range Rover and assaulted him.

Sims, according to reports, was indicted on Thursday, October 10. Two other bikers were indicted by a grand jury the following day.

At least seven motorcyclists, including an undercover detective from Queens, have been charged in connection to the incident. Police are still seeking several others for questioning.

-With additional reporting by Cristabelle Tumola

 

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Undercover Queens detective charged in motorcyclists’ attack on SUV back in court


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Screenshot via YouTube/Michelinman900

Updated Friday, October 11, 4:43 p.m.

An undercover Queens detective who was off duty during an assault on an SUV driver in Upper Manhattan last month appeared in court again Friday in connection to the incident.

Wojciech Braszczok, 32, who, according to the New York Daily News, is a married father of two from Long Island City, was initially arrested and charged with criminal mischief and riot. Even though he didn’t participate in the assault,  because he was aided by individuals who did take part, his charges were modified to gang assault, assault and criminal mischief, according to the criminal complaint.

Two bikers were indicted on Friday, according to published reports. Braszczok will testify before a grand jury in February.

Braszczok didn’t initially come forward to say that he was present during the incident until several days after it happened, and lied about witnessing the incident and his role, according to reports.

He reportedly turned himself in on Tuesday after he was identified in a video where he can be allegedly seen striking the SUV’s driver’s side window with his helmet multiple times and kicking the passenger side of the vehicle.

The SUV and the group of motorcyclists were both on the Henry Hudson Parkway when one of the bikers and the vehicle bumped, setting of the September 29 altercation, according to reports.

In a YouTube video, the SUV can be seen slowing down and then, according to reports, running over biker Edwin Mieses Jr., leaving him paralyzed. The driver, who had his wife and toddler in the car at the time, reportedly has claimed he felt threatened by the surrounding motorcyclists and that’s why he accelerated.

After the SUV hit Mieses, said police, several of the motorcyclists chased the car slashed its tires and did other damage to the vehicle. When the driver stopped near West 178 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, some of the bikers pulled the man from his Range Rover and assaulted him.

Braszczok is a 10-year veteran of the NYPD who has spent five years undercover, including work during Occupy Wall Street, reported the AP.

Uniformed officers, according to the AP, are required to intervene if they see a crime occurring, but the rules are less clear for undercover officers. If they witness a crime, they are required to immediately report it.

Braszczok reportedly claimed he didn’t want to help the driver because he was afraid of blowing his cover.

After appearing in court Wednesday, Braszczok was released after posting $150,000 bond.

According to the New York Daily News, his attorney said he had to put up his $400,000 Long Island City apartment. Braszczok’s lawyer also reportedly said that the video evidence that led to his client’s arrest will exonerate him.

Six other bikers have been charged in connection to the incident. Police are still seeking several others for questioning.

Another motorcyclist, a Queens man, was arrested earlier this month, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said it declined to prosecute the biker at this time “pending further investigation of the entire incident.”

 

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