New York Road Rage Investigation Prompts Second Undercover Cop To Come Forward
He says he was part of the motorcycle ride that ended with an attack on the driver of an SUV. Undercover police officer Matt Rodriguez, 28, has worked in plainclothes fighting crime in New York City’s subways and was recently assigned to an elite undercover unit in Internal Affairs, the New York Police Department unit that fights police corruption. But when CBS News met Rodriguez at the district attorney’s office Tuesday, he was the one on the hot seat, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reported on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday. NYC motorcycle road rage incident may have ruined a large investigation Rodriguez and his lawyer, Pat Bonanno, emerged from a meeting with prosecutors after more than an hour of discussions over the case of the motorcycle assault against SUV driver Alexian Lien in front of his wife and child. Rodriguez said he had nothing to do with the assault. Miller asked Rodriguez, “How hard has this been going through this, especially with all the attention?” Rodriguez said, “It has been difficult, but I can only take it one day at a time from now on.” Rodriguez is now the second New York City undercover officer to come forward to say he was riding with the group that was involved in the assault. Just last week, the first undercover New York City detective who came forward was charged with assault, riot and criminal mischief after investigators said he lied about his role in the attack on the SUV. The lawyer for Rodriguez says his client’s story checks out. Miller asked, “What you told him was you weren’t there for any assault, you weren’t part of any assault, you didn’t even witness any assault?” Bonanno interrupted, saying, “John, with all due respect, I’m gonna stop you right there.” Bonanno says his client had fallen to the rear of the pack of motorcycles and that he didn’t see the confrontation where the SUV was surrounded by motorcycles and drove over two of them to escape. Rodriguez reportedly told investigators he took a different exit off the highway to visit his grandfather in a nursing home, so he was never even on the street where the final assault took place. Bonanno said, “Police Officer Matt Rodriguez voluntarily presented himself to the Manhattan district attorney’s office to answer any and all questions and concerns the had regarding his alleged involvement of the incidents of September 29th.
Capitals vs. Rangers: Washington comes up empty against New York’s Henrik Lundqvist
Amateur superheroes decked out in their finest spandex and latex swarmed midtown Manhattan this weekend for the eighth annual New York Comic Con, a celebration of comic books, sci-fi and video games. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 25-year-old Shelly Scarlet dressed as “Red Sonia”. Organizers estimate around 125,000 people will have filed through the convention center over the sold-out four days ending Sunday making it the second largest nerdfest in the country behind the Hulk-sized San Diego Comic Con. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 28-year-old Ken Crofton dressed as Thanos. But one thing San Diego cant match are the Big Apple beauties. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 28-year-old Mariana Li as Superwoman. Marisa Semioli, 20, of Staten Island endured plenty of cat calls on the way to the convention floor in her latex and faux-fur Black Cat costume, including from a few uncultured clods who confused her with Catwoman. I got a lot of, I could be your Spider-Man, she said as she was flocked by admirers Saturday. You feel like youre the character, its a great feeling. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Yaya Han dressed as Madam Hydra. RELATED: WHAT THE TREK IS GOING ON! Pratt Institute student Molly Glover, a huge Game of Thrones fan, recruited seven friends from school to form a human Iron Throne from the HBO fantasy series. The 20-year-old budding costume designer started in August and made the costume out of fabric and spray-painted pool noodles.
New York Comic Con 2013: The beauties and beasts
Were not doing a good enough job at our system, what were supposed to do. And when we dont, were leaving a guy in front. Were getting beat out of the corner. Its been bad in the D zone. Its been frustrating. There was a rapid pace to the first period, but it wasnt exactly the strong start the Capitals were looking for . New York outshot them 6-1 to open the game, but there was a greater balance to the imperfection as both squads turned the puck over repeatedly. Washington appeared to catch a break near the midway point of the first when Anton Stralman was whistled for hooking, soon to be followed by Taylor Pyatt for the same infraction. Pyatts minor gave the Capitals a five-on-three for 55 seconds, but the vaunted power play, which entered the contest ranked first in the league (36.4 percent), was unable to convert. In 2 minutes 21 seconds of five-on-three time this season, Washington has been unable to score. For a team that has struggled offensively at even strength the Capitals have only eight such goals this season squandering power-play opportunities carries significant weight. That proved to be the case against the Rangers. We still have plenty of time to regroup and make a difference, but we didnt, Alex Ovechkin said.