When Alexian Lien of Manhattan, his wife and child went out in their family SUV, they didn’t expect to soon be fleeing for their lives.
In the early afternoon Sunday, near W. 125th St. in Harlem, the Liens were suddenly surrounded by a pack of bikers, a gang known to police as the Hollywood Stuntz.
The result of the encounter was Lien and one of the bikers in intensive care after Lien was dragged from his car and beaten to a bloody pulp in front of his family.
According to the bikers, the confrontation began when Lien ran into one of their group and drove off. Christopher Cruz, 28, of Passaic, N.J., who is out on bail, has been identified as the biker who “brake-checked” Lien’s SUV, starting the whole incident. Cruz maintains he was trying to get Lien to let his entire group of motorcyclists pass.
It’s been suggested that the gang may have been attempting to mug the family with a classic “crash for cash” scam and the plan went awry.
According to witnesses,Cruz deliberately pulled in front of the Liens’ SUV as it was moving and slammed on his brakes. A YouTube video made by one of the bikers shows the gang forcing Lien to pull over and approaching the SUV. But then Lien is seen accelerating and running over at least one motorcyclist as the other bikers take off in pursuit. According to police, Lien stepped on the gas when he was surrounded by the gang, who started hitting his car and apparently slashing his tires.
Biker Edwin Mieses is in the hospital, paralyzed and in a coma. Family and friends have gone public with accusations against Lien and calls that he be made to “pay.” They have started a Facebook page to drum up support for the biker.
The motorcycle gang, which has a record of crimes and public misconduct, according to the NYPD, chased Lien and his family for several miles until he was forced to pull over because of the damage to his tires.
The hoodlums then smashed the driver’s side window, pulled Lien from the truck and beat him severely.
Police are working to identify all the motorcyclists from security videos, but many of the bikes are stolen or have had their license plates changed.
Online sympathy is favoring Lien, who was doing what was necessary to protect his family. Several people have suggested he should have run over more of the bikers, and after watching the video, it’s easy to see how that sentiment has come about.
This is a perfect example of why honest citizens need to be able to carry guns on their person and in their cars.
If Lien had a gun, things could have turned out much differently. If our government encouraged law-abiding residents to carry weapons, gangs of thugs would not be freely roaming city streets.
But this was New York, home of some of the most restrictive gun laws anywhere. That means the criminals have free reign and citizens get to flee in terror.
The police have said they won’t charge Lien. Unless some new information comes up, it appears Lien was not just well within his rights but was RIGHT to run over that biker and defend his family.
As John Locke said, “[It is] reasonable and just I should have a right to destroy that which threatens me with destruction; for by the fundamental law of Nature, man being to be preserved as much as possible, when all cannot be preserved, the safety of the innocent is to be preferred, and one may destroy a man who makes war upon him, or has discovered an enmity to his being, for the same reason that he may kill a wolf or a lion, because they are not under the ties of the common law of reason, have no other rule but that of force and violence, and so may be treated as a beast of prey, those dangerous and noxious creatures that will be sure to destroy him whenever he falls into their power.”
We need a return to our country’s founding principles so that families like the Leins don’t have to live in fear.