TODAY   |  October 12, 2013

New images of SUV driver in motorcycle road rage attack

The SUV driver who apparently sustained injuries after a swarm of motorcyclists allegedly confronted him was seen in public this week, with visible facial injuries. NBC’s Ron Allen reports

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>>> this morning, we are getting our first look at the man attacked by a group of bikers after a chase that was caught on tape and happened here in new york city . here is ron allen .

>> reporter: this picture from the new york daily news is the first look at lin the 33-year-old father seen in this video dragged from his suv and allegedly beaten by a group of motorcycle riders. his wife and 2-year-old daughter also in the vehicle. after a 2 to 3-mile chase that ended when lin had to stop in traffic. two weeks later, his facial injuries are visible and no word on his overall medical condition . police have arrested seven suspects so far, including an undercover new york police detective off-duty at the time riding with the bikers. they face charges ranging from criminal mischief to gang assault. faced with the graphic video evidence, the detective's attorney can see he was there but insists he is innocent.

>> the video will exonerate our client. at no point is anywhere near mr. lean.

>> reporter: while the video appears to show one of the bikers blocking the suv one of the bikers is claim lin started it all. an attorney said the suv bumped one of the riders a few miles before what is seen on the videotape. the bikers were trying to stop the suv and talk to the driver.

>> we don't think our client should have been run over and crushed and ended up under an suv .

>> reporter: another attorney said a water bottle may have been thrown from the suv and provoked the bikers. in a statement, lin's wife said we were faced with a life-threatening situation and my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that he did to protect the lives of our entire family. he has not been charged with a crime. meanwhile, new york police say they are looking for at least five more suspects. perhaps seen in video and still pictures of the incident, or suspects perhaps not caught on camera. for "today," ron allen , nbc news, new york .