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Man stabs Apple Store guard after being told to don face mask

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in connection with a knife assault at the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District.

According to cops, on Fri., Oct. 8, at 6:20 p.m., inside the Apple Store at the corner of 14th Street and Ninth Avenue, the male suspect got into a verbal dispute with a 37-year-old male member of the store’s security staff. The New York Post reported that, according to sources, the dispute flared after the security man asked the suspect to put on a face mask.

The man smacked the security guard and fled out of the store. However, he quickly returned and punched a second victim, a 25-year-old female store employee, in her face, police said.

The security guard then grappled with the attacker, during which, at some point, the latter pulled out a knife and slashed and stabbed the guard numerous times. The attacker then again fled the store on foot.

Surveillance-camera images of the alleged suspect. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

The first victim suffered a slash wound to his forehead, a stab wound to his left arm and three stab wounds to his back. He was transported by E.M.S. ambulance to Bellevue Hospital. The second victim suffered pain and swelling to her face but refused medical attention.

Police released surveillance-camera photos and video of the alleged suspect. The video shows him sauntering westbound on 14th Street near Eighth Avenue, about a block away from the tech store.

Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All tips are strictly confidential.

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