NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A sword-wielding emotionally disturbed man is in custody after causing a scare inside the Empire State Building.
Authorities say the suspect was on the iconic Midtown building’s observation deck when he took out the deadly weapon and threatened to harm himself around 4 p.m. Friday.
NYPD officials later released surveillance video of the incident, saying the man snuck a cane sword into the building. Cameras captured the man appearing to point the blade at his own chest before a swarm of officers surrounded him.
Our men & women in blue are prepared for any situation. When an emotionally disturbed man walked into the Empire State Building holding a cane sword today, NYPD cops reacted quickly to keep people safe. Our highly-trained officers delivered a safe outcome for everyone. Well done! pic.twitter.com/NiS7Svlk7X
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) September 13, 2019
Police say the man in his 30’s did not point the sword at anyone else or threaten other people inside the Empire State Building.
Officers were able to safely arrest the man and then took him to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.
A spokesperson for the Empire State Building told CBS2, “earlier today there was an incident which was resolved without any interruption of observatory operations or impact to any guests.”
It’s unclear how the man was able to get a sword into the building.