NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested one teenager and are searching for several others, following a violent attack on Fifth Avenue that was caught on camera.
A group of bicyclists surrounded an SUV, and then pummeled the windows and threw bikes on the hood.
CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez spoke to the driver.
The terrifying Tuesday afternoon attack on a man and his mother inside their vehicle in Manhattan has gone viral.
The driver behind the wheel, Upper East Side resident Max Torgovnick, is urging the city to act.
“I’ve lived here my entire life as a New Yorker, for 36 years. I feel like I’m entitled to answers from the city as to what allowed this to happen and what they’re going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Torgovnick said.
Torgovnick and his 74-year-old mother were traveling in their SUV down Fifth Avenue at 22nd Street in the Flatiron District, when the group of bicyclists surround them.
Some held on to the SUV for a ride until, Torgovnick said, one cyclist fell and set off an angry mob attack. He said the individuals bashed windows and threw their bikes onto the hood. One cyclist ran up and shattered the windshield with the full weight of his body, all while their biking buddies laughed and cheered.
“When he smashed the glass, at that point my biggest fear was, they’re going to get in the car, they’re going to pull me out, and I could be killed,” Torgovnick said. “All of them were off their bikes, banging on the car, banging on the glass, banging on the hood, screaming, ‘Get out of the car! Roll down your window!’
“Before I knew it, my mom’s crying. She’s screaming into the phone, the 911 operator, ‘Help! Send help! We are going to die. They are going to kill us!’” he added.
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On Thursday, CBS2 brought Torgovnick’s plea for answers to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
When asked what the city is going to do to make sure and incident like that doesn’t happen again, the mayor said, “Hazel, this is absolutely unacceptable. This is something that’s just wrong, period. We gotta teach our children better all the time. It’s incumbent upon all of us, but we also have to have consequences and there will be consequences in this case.”
Police have released still images of bicyclists they’re looking for and have made at least one arrest, a 15-year-old boy. He was charged with rioting and criminal mischief.
Police said no one was hurt in the attack.
CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez contributed to this report