Before being arrested by Amsterdam police, the suspect involved in Tuesday’s Apple Store hostage situation demanded a ransom of 200 million euros (about $226 million) paid in cryptocurrencies. Reuters reported on Wednesday. Police say they have not yet determined a motive for the 27-year-old gunman, whose identity they did not share. What we do know is that he was a resident of the city and had a criminal record prior to the event. He was also carrying explosives when he was arrested.
The gunman was arrested after his hostage fled the building as a police robot was delivering water to the front of the store. The police used a squad car to beat him up, seriously injuring him. On Wednesday he has died of the injuries sustained when he was arrested. “The hostage played a heroic role in forcing a breakthrough,” said Amsterdam police chief Frank Pauw. “He acted in a split second. If he hadn’t, we could have had a long, bad night ahead of us.”
According to Engadget’s research, Wednesday’s incident wasn’t the first time someone has demanded a ransom paid in cryptocurrency to end a hostage situation. In 2017In Ukraine, kidnappers fired an employee from a cryptocurrency exchange after their demand for a ransom paid in Bitcoin (worth $1 million at the time) was met.
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