Men on bicycles terrorize man and his mother riding in an SUV in Manhattan – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) A man and his mother were on their way to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on Tuesday when men jumped on their SUVs on bicycles, smashed windows and shouted for them to get out.

Observation video shows the wild scene in Midtown.

Hazel Sanchez, CBS2, spoke to the driver, who said he was not sleeping and that his mother was severely traumatized by the attack on Tuesday. Both said they thought their lives were over.

As the footage shows, it was a terrifying afternoon ghost. A group of young cyclists surround a sports utility vehicle and throw their bodies and bicycles on the vehicle while the driver freezes in fear.

The attackers finally retreated after one jumped on the hood and smashed the windshield.

Max Torgovnick, of the Upper East Side, was behind the wheel of the vehicle.

“When he smashed the glass, my biggest fear at that point was that they would get in the car, get out and be killed,” Torgovnick said. “All I could hear was my mother crying and screaming. This is what haunts me the most. ”


According to Torgovnick, the confrontation began as he and his 74-year-old mother walked down Fifth Avenue in East 22nd Street in his BMW sports utility vehicle. He said dozens of cyclists surrounded his SUV and grabbed the vehicle for a ride.

“There was someone doing a wheelie right behind the car, and he crashed into his back and that’s kind of fueling everything,” Torgovnick said. “Everyone got off their bikes around the car, hit the glass, hit the hood and shouted, ‘Get out of the car!’ Roll down your window! ‘”

“Before I knew it, my mother was crying. She shouted into the phone for the 911 operator: ‘Help! Send help! We’re going to die. They’re going to kill us, ” he added.

Torgovnick said he stopped the car and parked it in the park.

“Only when they started jumping on the windshield and smashing the glass and raining our glass on top of me did I see an opening and I said, ‘I have to get out of here.’ I have to protect my mother now. This is now a point of self-defense. It’s life or death, ” Torgovnick said.

Police released stills of some cyclists they were looking for.

‘I’ve lived here my whole life for 36 years as a New Yorker. “I feel I am entitled to answers from the city about what made it possible and what they are going to do to ensure that it does not happen to anyone else again,” Torgovnick said.

Police believe the cyclists they are looking for are teenagers. A security guard working in the neighborhood said the group of cyclists had caused problems in the area before.