Security guard stabbed at NYC Apple Store during mask dispute

A man stabbed a security guard at the Apple Store in Chelsea during a dispute over wearing a mask inside of the establishment Friday evening, police and law enforcement sources said. An argument broke out at the store on West 14th Street and Ninth Avenue around 6:30 p.m. after the 37-year-old guard asked the customer to put on a mask, according to the sources. The guard suffered forehead and arm wounds and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

He was expected to recover, cops said. The suspect — described as in his 20s and wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt with red lettering and black sneakers — fled into the 14th Street/Eighth Avenue subway station, police and sources said. He remained at large late Friday.

Witness Roberto Monticello was walking by the store when he heard screams and people “pushing and shoving each other.”

Police said the security guard will recover from the stabbing injuries.Robert MeceaThe stabbing at the Apple Store occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Oct.

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He saw the security guard, who he described as “a very big guy,” keeled over grabbing his wounds inside the Apple outpost. Photos from the scene show blood splattered on the white floor near the bottom of the store staircase. “You don’t expect this on a beautiful day like this.

You don’t expect these kinds of things,” Monticello said.

Security guard stabbed at NYC Apple Store during mask disputeThe extent of the guard’s injuries was not yet known.Robert MeceaSecurity guard stabbed at NYC Apple Store during mask disputeBlood is seen on the floor of the store in Chelsea.Robert Mecea

The guard was taken to a back room before police and responders arrived and took him away on a stretcher, the witness said. “Why would you hurt somebody else?,” Monticello said. “It really bothered me to see someone getting hurt. That was really not something I wanted to see.”

Additional reporting by Peter Gerber

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