Two ‘Minibike Gang’ Members Arrested for Hollywood Attack on Actor Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering was attacked in Hollywood on December 31, 2023. (Credit: TMZ)

A man and a woman have been taken into custody in connection with a New Year’s Eve attack on Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Ian Ziering in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles police.

Detectives served search warrants on Tuesday, May 21, leading to the arrests of Jacob Esteban Hernandez, 20, and Angie Teresa Guizar, 40, the LAPD said in a news release.

Hernandez was booked for felony vandalism, with bail set at $50,000. Guizar was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office.

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LOS ANGELES - MAR 29: Ian Ziering at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Press Room at the Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos
Ziering has appeared in several “Sharknado” movies. (Credit: Deposit Photos)

Police did not mention Ziering’s name in the release, but the details lined up with the attack on the actor.

Ziering, 60, was assaulted in broad daylight while driving along the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard on Dec. 31, 2023.

The “Sharknado” actor and his daughter were sitting in traffic, when “four to five members of a minibike gang” rode down the street around 3 p.m., according to police.

“The confrontation began between the victim and one of the minibike riders over possible damage to his vehicle. Three to four additional minibike riders jumped in and assaulted the motorist,” the LAPD said in a statement.

The neighborhood where the brawl broke out is home to restaurants, shops, cinemas and the Dolby Theatre — where the Academy Awards take place. The area is frequently filled with tourists and families.

Bystanders recorded the confrontation and the video quickly went viral. Police said the videos and information provided by witnesses “were crucial to the investigation.”

The footage obtained by TMZ showed Ziering being punched and kicked as he fought back against the attackers. He then ran down the street as passersby and vendors looked on. One of the bikers could be seen swinging an object at Ziering and narrowly missing him.

According to the LAPD, the bikers “vandalized the motorist’s vehicle while his ten-year-old child remained in the front seat.” No one was seriously injured.

Following the attack, Ziering released a statement on his Instagram page and called the attack “unsettling.”

“I experienced an alarming incident involving a group of individuals on mini bikes. While stuck in traffic, my car was approached aggressively by one of these riders leading to an unsettling confrontation,” the actor said. “In an attempt to assess any damage I exited my car. This action, unfortunately, escalated into a physical altercation, which I navigated to protect myself.”

He urged police to do more to address crime in Los Angeles.

“This situation highlights a larger issue of hooliganism on our streets and the need for effective law enforcement responses to such behavior,” he said. “As a citizen and a parent, I find it unacceptable that groups can freely engage in this kind of behavior, causing fear and chaos, while the response from authorities seems insufficient.”

The actor also called on local leaders to do more to address “lawlessness.”

“We must address the underlying issues that lead to such disruptive behavior and ensure that our streets are safe for everyone,” he wrote. “I urge city officials and law enforcement to take decisive action against such lawlessness and provide the necessary resources to prevent future occurrences.”

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