Sword-wielding man causes panic at New York Apple store

(Photo of arrest on right courtesy: Keith Davis / Twitter: @rkeithdavis)

(SOURCE)   A man swinging a samurai sword fought an imaginary duel Friday on the glass spiral staircase of the bustling Apple Store on Fifth Avenue as frightened tourists looked on.

Video posted to Instagram shows the swordsman walking up the staircase, and then sitting on it while performing pretend lunges and parries for his startled audience at around 3:55 p.m.

He was quickly tackled by Apple security and turned over to police, who took him to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric examination.

Nancy Birnbaum, a lawyer who lives in the area, was browsing at the store when she saw the man on the staircase suddenly unsheathe his weapon.

“Usually the staircase is mobbed with people, but this time it wasn’t. There was a guy in the mid part of the staircase kneeling,” Birnbaum told The Post.

“I don’t know if he is from ISIS or wherever the heck he is from but I thought this is the beginning of some sort of horrible headline tomorrow”

– witness

“His face looked a little contorted and twisted,” she added. “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.

“I’ve never been so terrified in my entire life.”

Birnbaum said that she feared the worst.

“I don’t know if he is from ISIS or wherever the heck he is from but I thought this is the beginning of some sort of horrible headline tomorrow,” she said.

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2 comments

  1. SweetJava

    Is this crazy or what..?..
    And they say nothing happen in September… Not too much happen (to us) that’s visible but spiritual is another story. The evil one is working overtime to claim as many as he can to his so call kingdom (of death & destruction) for what..?.. fame and fortune..?..

    Chaos and confusion is running a muck and the dynamics of our rational thinking has drastically changed. Good is bad and bad is good. There’s no checks and balances. No common sense. Everything is upside down. The world is so conditioned not to even care. An evil entity has emerge from beneath and has a good grip on society, with pomp and circumstances, with the illusions of a pretty picture of utopia, people are blinded to the reality of what’s happening. As in the days of Noah…
    History is repeating itself for ‘nothing is new under the sun’. And we as a society have lost our way to the true meaning of life.

    The only escape is our FAITH in Jesus Christ! Our protection lies in Him. HE told us He would never leave us. But one must believe He is who He is. Ultimately God is in charge, yet at every turn society mocks and belittles Our Creator. Believing the old age lie of “..you will be like God..” (Gen.3:5). This evil spirit is let loose for a short season for all the world to SEE his devastating, fatal, ruinous ways and wake up.
    HELLO! People need to wake up from this stupor for we’re heading towards everything Our Lord told us will happen, IS happening, gaining momentum and time is short. We ARE in the last days, the books are open and a firm conviction in Christ is needed to face this evil, otherwise one will be caught in its web. Now is the time to be right with God. Jesus took upon Himself all our sins so we could appear clean and holy in front of the Father; now is the time to take full advantage of His offer, His gift and confess our weaknesses, our sins. Accept Him into our hearts, accept His guidance and help, for the time is coming when enough will be enough and whoever is filthy will stay filthy but whoever is under Jesus’ protection will be protected and all will see His power reign. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Rev. 22:11 We must fight the good fight of righteousness and truth. And stay connected to God through it all. God bless us all. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus, come!
    The good news is Jesus IS coming to give everyone their just deserve. Stay faithful!

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment SweetJava.

      Is this a sign of the times or what?! Some will argue that this man is just trying to get attention and news coverage. And I agree! But at what and who’s expense? And this is the world we find ourselves living in, where the hearts of men will grow cold, filled with arrogance, pride, and lack of regard for what is holy, righteous and pure. This is evil, wickedness, and darkness, straight from the pit of hell!

      God bless!

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