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Police detain alleged gunman near Flatiron building


amny Credit: Police detain the alleged gunman near 22nd Street and Broadway/Nicholas Grant

A 69-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly threatened window washers with a gun from inside his Flatiron District apartment then locked himself inside when police arrived, the NYPD said.

Police on the scene told amNewYork that the suspect was "emotionally unstable," and police later described him as a "hoarder." The New York Post identified him as Kenneth Clarfield, but the NYPD wouldn't confirm his name.

The tense standoff began around 12:45 p.m. when police responded to calls from the window washers, who were on scaffolding near the 11th floor of the apartment building at 12 E. 22nd St. The window washers told police the man pointed a gun at them and said, "Get away from my window," according to police.

A cadre of cops arrived shortly after and tried to negotiate with the man, and businesses nearby were evacuated and neighbors were told to stay inside, according to published reports.

At around 3:35 p.m. the man surrendered without incident, cops said. He was detained and taken to the 13th Precinct, where he was being held last night. No gun was recovered at the scene, and police said they were still waiting for a warrant to search the man's apartment.

As of press time the man hadn't been charged, and police were unsure whether he would be charged with anything.


(Police at 22nd Street and Broadway/Tim Herrera)

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