A security guard at an Apple Store in New York City was stabbed multiple times in a violent dispute after asking a customer to wear a mask.
Police say the 37-year-old employee was stabbed once in the left arm and once in the forehead at the company’s West 14 Street location in lower Manhattan.
After the incident on Friday evening, the accused fled towards the nearby metro station.
The injured security guard was taken to the hospital in a serious but stable condition.
An eyewitness told NBC New York, “I saw him come out on a stretcher and I was like an ouch.”
“Everyone was in a big uproar, crying, everyone in shock.”
And another witness continued: “Screaming and people shoving … I saw him as they carried him out in a stretcher, followed by two paramedics and then about five or six policemen.”
The shop remained closed for more than two hours after the employees spoke to the police officials.
After this the employees of the cleaning company got rid of the traces of blood lying on the spot.
Police said investigations were on, but no one had been arrested in connection with the attack as of Saturday morning.
While there is no universal indoor mask mandate in New York City, individual companies and business owners may be required to wear a face covering inside their stores.
Apple’s website states that masks are mandatory for all employees and customers inside its stores.
New York state has seen over 2.46m Covid-19 cases and 55,203 deaths during the pandemic.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / security guard