Sword-Wielding Man Tries to Take a Slice at an Apple Store

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The Apple Genius Bars is a hit or miss kind of place.

Sometimes , you can stroll right in and they’ll promptly fix just about any problem with your iMerchandise, and you walk away for the better. Other times, you have to fight through a body-odor swilling array of hipsters, two-hour lines, and you walk away for the poorer.

However, this is a story for which no one could prepare.

Witnesses say a man authorities identified as Hsu Chien, 30, threatened employees for an iPhone at the 5th Avenue Apple Store on Friday. Chien counted out loud as if he had a bomb, then decided to go “Last Samurai” in the clear, circular staircase.

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 [New York] Post.

“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.

Hey, Nancy? Dude has a blade. Let’s choose another figure of speech.

Chien was overheard saying he wanted to kill himself. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is in police custody. He was charged with menacing and criminal possession.

 

[FEATURED PHOTO: WCBS-TV/Acie Wilson]