Sword-wielding man threatens to kill himself in Apple's flagship Manhattan store
Published 21/11/2015 | 12:22
A sword-wielding man brought Apple’s flagship New York store to standstill as he threatened to kill himself in front of hundreds of people before being tackled by off-duty police.
Hsu Chien (30) walked into the teach giant’s store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and walked up to its second level before pulling out a katana blade and shouting at onlookers he was going to kill himself.
As the packed store is brought to a standstill, one shopper managed to capture the scene on video.
Wearing a hat and sunglasses, Mr Chien can be seen brandished the samurai sword and swinging it at the air as he walks back and forth on the store’s spiral staircase.
"The blade must have been, I don't know, I mean, two feet, 23 inches, curved," said one witness.
"He was flailing. He wasn't, but thank God, he wasn't on the floor. And people were petrified he was en route to come onto the floor," said another.
At one point, the 30-year-old begins to count down, leading to many in the store to panic and run for the exits as they fear he might have a bomb.
As Mr Chien continued to swing the sword around, it slipped from his grasp – giving two off-duty police officers the opportunity to tackle him and remove the sword.
Mr Chien was then taken to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and was later charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
The incident was not terror-related, police confirmed.