Update: According to the Daily Mail, Miquiel Guerrero, 23, has been freed on a misdemeanor charge after being filmed brutally assaulting man with metal object wrapped around his hand in March of this year.
New York Daily News
A man driving a Kia van had his eye socket fractured in a wild caught-on-video gang beatdown after he collided with a Lexus on a Bronx street, police said Wednesday.
After leaving the 53-year-old victim bleeding on the street, the assailants drove off in his Kia, cops said.
The mayhem began when the driver of the Lexus SUV, heading north on Exterior St., recklessly tried to speed between the Kia, which was headed in the same direction, and a parked Honda near E. 150th St. at about 6:40 p.m. on March 30, surveillance video released by the NYPD shows.
There wasn’t enough room for the Lexus to slip between the two vehicles, causing a collision, the video shows.
The Lexus driver, along with the Honda’s owner and four of his friends, angrily surrounded the Kia. As one of the men stood on the roof of the Kia, the victim got out and was pummeled by another of the men. The man standing on the roof also bent down to get a punch in.
The assailants chased the victim as he tried to run off while one of the attackers got behind the wheel of the Kia.
The goon drove the Kia down the block while one of his accomplices, holding a skateboard, jumped up and down on the hood and another sat against the front windshield, pounding it with his fist and laughing.
After the Kia came to a stop, the man leaning against the windshield jumped into the front passenger seat while the man with the skateboard whacked it against the back windshield, the video shows. The Kia then rolled further down the street before stopping again.
The two attackers drove off in the Kia, and it has not been recovered.
Three of the other attackers sped off in the Honda.
When police arrived they found only the Lexus owner, Miquiel Guerrero, still at the scene. They told him they needed to tow away his car as evidence, and he allegedly threatened an NYPD lieutenant.
Guerrero, 23, was linked to the attack and arrested on April 5 for assault, harassment, menacing and weapon possession. He had a metal object “wrapped around his knuckles” when he repeatedly punched the victim, according to a criminal complaint.
The suspect was released without bail following a brief arraignment hearing in Bronx Criminal Court.
Police said Guerrero has three prior arrests, including an aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charge in 2018 and a weapons possession incident on Oct. 24, 2015, when he was caught with an imitation pistol in a home on Clay Ave., police sources said.
The five other attackers are still being sought.
The victim was treated at Jacobi Medical Center for a fractured eye socket and cuts to his face.
“He’s traumatized, of course, but he’s recovering,” a cousin of the victim said Wednesday. “He’s just trying to lay low and focus on his recovery.”
The relative said the victim had moved to the U.S. from Haiti to “make a life for himself.”
“He’s not accustomed to something like this happening,” the relative added. “He hasn’t been through this before.”
Anyone with information on the five attackers still on the loose is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
With Ellen Moynihan