Man stabs Apple Store security guard over mask dispute in New York City

A dispute over wearing a face mask led to the stabbing of an Apple Store security guard on Friday, a spokesperson with the New York City Police Department said.

Officers responded to the West 14th Street location in Manhattan about 6:20 pm local time, Lt. Thomas Antonetti said.

The victim, a 37-year-old male whose identity was not publicly disclosed, did not suffer life-threatening wounds and was sent for treatment to Bellevue Hospital, Antonetti said.

The suspect was last seen entering a subway station on 14th Street, and no weapon was found left behind at the scene, he added.

Police said the suspect was “wearing a black sweatshirt with red lettering, blue jeans, and black sneakers.”

The department said that no one has been arrested in connection with the crime and that its investigation is ongoing.

The stabbing in New York City is one of several recent incidents in which police have accused customers of responding to Covid-19 restrictions with violent behavior.

Last week, in Wisconsin, police arrested a man after he allegedly refused to wear a mask inside a restaurant and punched a manager in the face.