'I Just Want an iPhone': Samurai Sword-Wielding Man at Apple Store

'I Just Want an iPhone': Samurai Sword-Wielding Man at Apple Store
A 30-year-old man was arrested on Friday outside Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City after he walked into the premises wielding a samurai sword, slashing at thin air. According to reports, he was later identified by the police as Hsu Chien.

Most of the people present inside the store couldn't make out what Chien was yelling, and it reportedly created a situation of panic.

He yelled "I just want an iPhone!" as he walked down the stairs, a store employee told DNAinfo.com, a news site based out of New York City.

The site quotes Nancy Birnbaum, a lawyer who lives nearby and was at the Apple Store at the time, "The blade must have been two feet, curved, shining. Everybody just quickly moved back to the perimeter of the store. I've never been more terrified in my life."

No one was physically harmed in the incident, and security guards created a wall between customers and Chien at the bottom of the stairwell.

"I tried to talk him out of it because I thought he was trying to commit suicide. He was on the stairs so I dropped my things and ran up to him but security grabbed me," Giovanni Gabbana, an eyewitness at the scene said.

The situation appeared to get worse as they escorted him out. Chien stepped out of the store and held the sword to the back of his neck in what may have been an attempted suicide before police tackled him to the ground.

The man was then taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. Apple has yet to comment on the incident.


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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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