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Twitch streamer Kai Cenat arrested in Manhattan

Publish – 5 aug , 2023

During the Friday afternoon mayhem in Manhattan, the NYPD apprehended approximately 65 individuals. However, the police have not disclosed whether the influencer involved will be subjected to any criminal charges.

A well-known influencer in the video game community, famous for streaming on Twitch, is now in police custody following a chaotic giveaway event that attracted a massive crowd of young people at Manhattan’s Union Square.

The event, organized by Kai Cenat, one of the most popular online streamers, quickly spiraled out of control even before its scheduled 4 p.m. start time. Police estimates indicate that the crowd size eventually swelled to a “couple thousand people.”

Cenat had invited his online followers to join him at Union Square, promising free PlayStation consoles, gift cards, and other items as part of the giveaway.

However, the exact cause of the unruly behavior remains unclear. By 3:30 p.m., individuals were observed throwing garbage at the police and dismantling barriers around the area. Witnesses reported instances of people hurling chairs and bottles, with one person even sustaining a bruise on his face after being pushed to the ground.

The escalating situation prompted the NYPD to deploy its highest level of mobilization, calling upon approximately one thousand officers to respond to the mayhem.

Subsequently, the police managed to extract Cenat from the massive crowd and engaged in discussions with several officials. A spokesperson confirmed that the influencer was now in custody, facing charges for inciting a riot, unlawful assembly, and a few other offenses, as stated by NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey on Friday night.

Twitch streamer Kai Cenat arrested in Manhattan
Twitch streamer Kai Cenat arrested in Manhattan / getty

 

Twitch streamer Kai Cenat arrested in Manhattan

During the NYPD’s efforts to restore order and clear the park, a few dozen individuals were arrested. The department’s initial estimates put the number of detained individuals at 65, out of which 30 were described as juveniles.

The chaos extended beyond the confines of the plaza, as the crowd of mostly young people spilled into multiple streets, causing blockages on E 14th Street and Broadway, south of Union Square.

The overwhelming size of the group swarmed a number of passing cars, forcing them to come to a halt. Chopper footage revealed some individuals climbing on top of the cars and a nearby food cart. This led to significant delays for drivers during the evening rush hour, as well as for commuters relying on public transit. The subway trains passing through the Union Square station were temporarily stopped for about an hour before resuming regular service shortly before 5 p.m.

In an attempt to regain control and disperse the crowd, police issued warnings for people to avoid the area and stay away from Union Square. After two hours of concerted efforts, the park was finally cleared, and authorities focused on removing stragglers from the nearby streets.

NYPD Chief of Department, Maddrey, expressed the desire for young people to gather and have fun responsibly, but also emphasized the importance of maintaining order and parental responsibility when things turn disorderly.

The full extent of the chaos, including any damage caused and the total number of arrests, is yet to be determined. A few minor injuries were reported.

One attendee, initially concerned for his personal safety, decided to leave the event. However, lured by the opportunity to see a famous person, he and his friend returned to the scene.

Twitch streamer Kai Cenat arrested in Manhattan
Twitch streamer Kai Cenat arrested in Manhattan / getty

Kai Cenat, the individual responsible for organizing the giveaway that resulted in the chaotic scene, is a prominent Twitch streamer and YouTuber who began creating online content back in 2018 during his high school days. Over the years, he has garnered a substantial fanbase and achieved significant success in his field. In February 2023, he reached a major milestone by becoming the most-subscribed Twitch streamer of all time, boasting an impressive subscriber count exceeding 100,000.

His content is diverse and has earned him accolades, including awards for engaging videos featuring various challenges, online pranks, and more. One aspect of his content that gained popularity is his interactions with viewers on his Twitch channel, which he established in 2021.

Though the Friday event didn’t seem to be a prank, Cenat has produced other prank videos in the past, such as pretending to break his brother’s PlayStation 4 controller or playing knock-and-run with neighbors. In fact, the latter video was his first to reach over a million views.

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