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Man Arrested For Allegedly Wielding Samurai Sword At Apple Store

Terrified customers fled when the suspect started swinging.

A man in New York City was arrested on Friday after police say he terrified shoppers by swinging a samurai sword around an Apple store.

Footage of the incident shows the man walking down the glass staircase of the Manhattan flagship store, yelling and lunging in all directions while wielding the large weapon.

Authorities identified the suspect as Hsu Chien, 30, according to Pix11. Witnesses said Chien threatened employees for an iPhone and counted out loud as if he had a bomb.

Nancy Birnbaum, who lives in Manhattan, was in the store around 4 p.m. when the suspect began to make a scene.

Cellphone footage shows the suspect during the incident at the Manhattan flagship Apple store.
Cellphone footage shows the suspect during the incident at the Manhattan flagship Apple store.

“His face looked a little contorted and twisted,” she told reporters. “I thought he was doing some sort of performance art, but then he pulls out this sword with a huge 2-foot-long blade and it was dead obvious that it was a real sword."

Police officers already present in the store subdued the suspect and arrested him with the help of additional law enforcement called to the scene.

No one was injured in the incident. Authorities charged the suspect with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, according to ABC-7.

A spokesman for Apple Inc., which is based in Cupertino, California, confirmed the incident but declined to comment further.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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