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Man wielding a samurai sword causes chaos at Apple’s flagship 5th Avenue retail store

Apple Store Sword

Just before the weekend, a man was arrested after wildly waving around a samurai sword at Apple’s flagship retail location in New York City. According to ABC7NY, a suspect named Hsu Chien walked into the Apple retail store late on Friday afternoon and headed straight for the store’s iconic winding glass staircase, all the while brandishing a sword.

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Next, to the horror of nearby shoppers, Chien began screaming and waving the sword around wildly. Some witnesses later told news outlets that Chien, in the midst of his screaming tirade, at one point demanded an iPhone. Other witnesses, meanwhile, relayed that Chien at one point was counting loudly, leading some in the store to briefly think that he might have a bomb.

Eventually, the harrowing ordeal was brought to an end once Apple security personnel climbed up the stairs whereupon they managed to subdue Chien and hand him over to the police for questioning. Subsequent reports have indicated that Chien, following his arrest, was taken to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the entire ordeal.

A portions of the incident were captured on tape and can be seen in the news segment below.

The next video, provided by CBS, provides us with an even better look at Chien swinging the sword aggressively.

A photo taken by Twitter user Keith Davis gives us an up-close shot of Chien being arrested while also providing us with a much closer look at the sword he was brandishing about.

Chien is reportedly being charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.