NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Sergio Consuegra was on his way to church when he saw enraged bikers beating a man they pulled from an SUV that they had trapped on a Manhattan street, smashing its windows, and attempting to grab the driver's wife from the passenger seat.
And she was holding the couple's infant daughter.
"She was kind of making some sounds," Consuegra recalls. "I saw a baby inside; she had the baby in her arms, I guess she was protecting the baby from all the glass that was flying inside and outside."
Consuergra said he then saw the driver's wife being dragged out of the SUV by the bikers, WABC-TV reports, telling the young mother, "You're going to get it, too."
"He grabbed the lady by her arms real loud," Consuegra tells WABC.
Consuegra said bystanders started screaming for the woman and baby to be left alone, and the biker let go — but Consuegra knew he had to step in despite feeling "intense danger at that moment."
Consuegra then jumped between the biker who was smashing the SUV driver with his helmet and the victim, WABC reports. "I said stop it, let it go," Consuegra recalls. "And then somehow one of them...started moving, and I said yeah this is enough now."
He shouted the same thing to the biker who was trying to pull the driver's wife from the SUV, reports WCBS-TV, then it was over. Consuegra said he huddled over the beaten driver to protect him, staring down the bikers.
"I felt tense," Consuegra tells WCBS, but adds: "I felt that God was with me there."
"There was more coming, and they feel like they wanted to keep hurting the man," Consuegra recalls. "And I say to myself, 'Let me not show these people that I'm here to engage in any kind of confrontation but that I'm here to protect the man and the family, so I'm going to keep it cool.' That's what I was thinking."
TheBlaze has reported extensively on the Sept. 29 incident, much of which was recorded via helmet-cam that one of the bikers was wearing. Video shows the gang of bikers driving around and past an SUV on a Manhattan highway, then one biker pulling in front of the SUV and slowing down, which is when a minor accident occurred. When upset bikers stopped and surrounded the SUV and allegedly began slashing the tires, the driver sped away and ran over a biker in the process. Other bikers chased down the SUV, which exited to a city street, and several bikers began breaking the SUV's windows and pounding on it with their fists.
The SUV driver, Alexian Lien, was pulled from his vehicle and beaten in front of his wife and infant child. He needed stitches. The motorcyclist who was crushed by the SUV, Edwin Mieses Jr., of Lawrence, Mass., suffered a broken spine and two broken legs and may never walk again, according to his family.
"I made a simple step that day, a simple gesture," Consuegra says. "...I must say today, to send a message to all that whenever they see a family in crisis, no matter the circumstances, when they cry for help, be there for them."
Here's Consuegra offering his take on what he saw and how he responded to the attack, via WABC-TV:
Here's a report on the developments since the attack, including some clips from the attack itself, via WCVB-TV: