Yesterday, a gunman held am an hostage at an apple store located in Amsterdam. He demanded to be paid €200 million ($230 million) in cryptocurrency, per the reports. The suspect, who is 27-years-old, burst on the scene on Tuesday holding a gun, after which he instantly took a Bulgarian man hostage.
The suspect also threatened to blow himself up should they not meet his demands, as reported by the local media. Reuters also made a report regarding the Dutch Police, who revealed that he did indeed, have explosives on his body.
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The gunman didn’t specify which cryptocurrency he’d like to be paid in, but one of his demands also included a safe exit from the building. This standoff was, luckily ended after he asked the authorities for some water. With the arrival of the drink, the hostage was able to escape, with the gunman in hot pursuit. The cops at the scene were able to strike and injure him with their car as they pursued him.
“He threatened a hostage with a gun and threatened to blow himself up, so we took it very seriously,” the police chief was saying as quoted by Reuters.
Fortunately, the gunman was the only one injured out of the 70 people that were initially able to escape, per Reuters.
Local news media also reported that the gunman was arrested and then subsequently taken to a hospital. He also has a criminal record for firearm-related offenses.