Exclusive: Man tracks stolen motorcycle in Brooklyn, then fights with suspected thieves

NEW YORK — Police are looking for suspects who stole a motorcycle in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They also allegedly beat up its owner once he found the men and his bike a few blocks from Bushwick.

CBS2’s Alice Gainer spoke exclusively with the victim.

Stephen Herbert says that during the altercation over his motorcycle, his nose was broken.

“I was on the ground. I think they were both kicking and punching me. I was hoping they would leave without doing more damage to me,” Herbert said.

Last month, Herbert bought his motorcycle on a Friday. The following Monday, it was robbed outside his apartment building. He said he had an Apple AirTag on it, so he rode with the police while tracking the GPS tracker, but they couldn’t locate him.

The next day he checked the tracking.

“I just wanted to see it with my own eyes. It was mid afternoon so I went out and found it and the guy was about to get on it and drive it. I didn’t So I didn’t have a chance to think. I just confronted him and said, “No, it’s mine. Don’t touch it,” Herbert said. “He’s like, ‘No, it’s mine. I have the title and all.’ I said, “OK, let’s wait for the police”, then he ran and his friend was there. Fifteen seconds later he came back and I’m holding him with both hands and he started hitting me.”

This incident happened on July 14 just before 2 p.m. at 193 Knickerbocker Ave. So far, police have not located the bike or the suspects.

Herbert said the tracker was still working for about three days after the attack.

“I was stupid to go there alone. I was very stupid to go there alone,” he said. “At the time I saw it. I saw it about to get on it and go and this is my chance. It’s wrong,” he said.

Herbert, who will have to undergo surgery on his nose, will be walking for the foreseeable future, but said he felt lucky.

“Luckily it was just my nose and no worse,” he said.

He hopes the men will come with his motorbike.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.


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