Wojciech Brasczok, Undercover Detective, Charged With First-Degree Gang Assault For Involvement In NYC Road Rage Incident
Detective Wojciech Braszczok turned himself in to police on Tuesday for his role in the motorcyclist and SUV brawl that took place on New York City's Henry Hudson Parkway on Sept. 29.
Braszczok was charged with riot, criminal mischief and first-degree gang assault after allegedly being spotted participating in the assault on SUV driver, Alexian Lien, on the video of the incident.
Braszczok, 32, was dressed in plain clothes and not wearing a badge when he participated in the annual New York City motorcycle ride, and it is unclear why he was present. Braszczok has reportedly been an undercover cop for five years and was apparently on assignment in deep cover when he was caught smashing the back window of the SUV on film. However, he was not on duty at the time of the assault, meaning it may not have been part of his cover. In the video, Braszczok is reportedly seen driving away from the scene when other riders pull Lien from the car and began beating him in the middle of the street.
According to reports, undercover cops are required to report any crime they witness in a timely fashion, though obvious complications arise when one is undercover and must be careful not to reveal their identity. However, sources say that Braszczok lied to investigators about his participation in the riot when originally questioned.
One report suggests that Braszczok alleged that he arrived at the scene of the Lien assault after the assault had taken place, which the video proves false.
Six bikers involved in the violent altercation have been arrested and charged for their involvement in the assault so far, and more are expected. One of the bikers hit by the SUV in the chase that precipitated the assault is reportedly paralyzed.
“In the last few days, serious charges have been brought against several defendants in last Sunday’s attack. As we said from the beginning of the investigation, the NYPD and the District Attorney’s Office are methodically scrutinizing the evidence to build the strongest possible cases in our continuing effort to hold accountable those responsible,” Manhattan DA spokesperson Erin Duggan said.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong