Man tries to slit his wrists outside NBC's 'Today'
by Associated Press Wire
June 06, 2013 02:55 PM | 607 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This April 18, 2013 photo released by NBC shows co-hosts, from left, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker on the set of NBC News' "Today" show in New York. Police say an emotionally disturbed man is in custody after he tried to slit his wrists outside NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, June 6. Police say the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, was in the crowd outside the broadcast. The man was taken into custody as an emotionally disturbed person. His physical injuries were not life-threatening. His mental condition is being evaluated at a hospital. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
This April 18, 2013 photo released by NBC shows co-hosts, from left, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker on the set of NBC News' "Today" show in New York. Police say an emotionally disturbed man is in custody after he tried to slit his wrists outside NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, June 6. Police say the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, was in the crowd outside the broadcast. The man was taken into custody as an emotionally disturbed person. His physical injuries were not life-threatening. His mental condition is being evaluated at a hospital. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A 76-year-old man yelling that the government was going to take his house slit his wrists outside NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning before he was taken into police custody as an emotionally disturbed person, police said.

The man, Pak Chong-Mar, was in the crowd outside the "Today" studio at Rockefeller Plaza and also was yelling about how the Internal Revenue Service was corrupt and ruined his life, authorities said. He took out a knife and sliced at his wrists, police said.

"Today" show host Matt Lauer tweeted: "Sorry, a man attempted to harm himself with a knife." Lauer also explained the situation to viewers.

Police and plaza security guards quickly subdued him and took him into custody, authorities and witnesses said. Some bystanders in the crowd were treated for exposure to blood. Police took the man to a hospital where his mental health was being evaluated. His injuries were not life threatening. The man's last known address was in Queens.

Authorities said the man's behavior was not believed to have been caught on television.

"I saw him take slice after slice. I saw the blood gushing," witness Kellie Ostransky told The New York Post. Ostransky, who lives near Phoenix, was in town to celebrate her birthday with her twin sister, the newspaper reported.

Lauer later sent another Twitter message that read: "All secure on the plaza after a scary incident. Thanks to our security team and the NYPD."



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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