Man swinging samurai sword at NYC Apple Store detained by NYPD
A man with a sword has been taken into custody by law enforcement at the Apple Store in New York City, according to reports from people on the ground and local media.
Details about the incident are slim, but photographs and videos posted on social media show a man swinging what looks like a samurai sword on the spiral staircase of an Apple Store, while employees try to keep customers and passersby at bay. The man moves part way down the stairs before the video, which is now unavailable, cuts away.
Emotionally disturbed person entered Apple Store in midtown w samurai sword. Screaming & swinging. Taken to Bellvue. pic.twitter.com/OGNMKykWzJ— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) November 20, 2015
Other photographs show several New York police officers surrounding the man outside the store.
@FoxNews man pulls sword at Apple Store pic.twitter.com/sA7lXDUUuN— Keith Davis (@rkeithdavis) November 20, 2015
In the photos, the man is lying on the ground, with an officer holding what appears to be a sword.
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According to WABC, police said the man went into the store on 59th Street and 5th Avenue and began yelling while swinging the sword. Two NYPD officers were in the store at the time and were able to detain him.
Some Facebook accounts suggest the man waved the sword at others and then tried to kill himself, though this has not been confirmed. Others stated the store was evacuated.
No one was injured in the incident, WABC stated, and the unnamed man has been transported to a local hospital.