A mob trashed a white Audi in Greenwich Village – with several people jumpingÂ on the vehicle and smashing its windows after the driver got into an argumentÂ with a cyclist, witnesses said.
The sedan’s owner, identified by a witness as Mitchell Levine, was drivingÂ through the intersection of Broadway and Bleecker Street at about 11:15 p.m.Â Thursday when his car was halted by the cyclist.
As the two men exchanged words, several members of the crowd – some of whomÂ had been dancing atop other cars earlier – circled the Audi A4.
Some people jumped on top of the car, kicking the vehicle’s front and backÂ windows, witnesses said.
“There were maybe two main guys who were jumping on the car and startedÂ smashing the windshield,” a witness told The Post. “A lot of the people wereÂ cheering, a lot were just spectators.
“The guy was trying to drive. He was going as slowly as he could withoutÂ running anybody over,” the witness added of Levine. “He later told me he wasÂ afraid for his life. He was just trying to go home.”
He couldn’t move any farther as the crowd got even thicker, with dozens ofÂ passersby filming the incident while others yelled obscenities at theÂ driver.
Police arrived minutes later. But by then, the suspects had fled.
“There were a lot of people when police got there, but it wasn’t clear ifÂ they were involved,” the witness said.
During the chaos, Mark Fernandez, 21, of Brooklyn, was arrested for allegedlyÂ pushing his way through the crowd and striking an officer as cops tried to clearÂ the area, police said.
A 17-year-old male whose name was not disclosed was issued a summons forÂ disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.
It is unclear what started the incident, but a local resident said the attackÂ may have been sparked when Levine’s car got too close to the bicycle.
“Downtown traffic on Broadway was trying to push through the crowd when theÂ Audi nearly hit a bicyclist crossing Bleecker and Broadway,” a tipster toldÂ Gothamist.
“Not clear who was at fault. The bicyclist stopped in front of the Audi andÂ began screaming at the driver. I couldn’t hear what was being said.”
Source: The NY Post