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From the AP . . .

A gunman who held a hostage for hours in the Apple Store in Amsterdam demanded a ransom of 200 million euros (more than $226 million) in cryptocurrencies before he was run over by police as he chased his hostage out of the shop, police and prosecutors said Wednesday.

The tense, five-hour standoff paralyzed one of Amsterdam’s most popular nightlife neighborhoods for hours Tuesday as scores of heavily armed police surrounded the store, managing to free about 70 people from the building that houses the shop before the suspect was detained.

Police Chief Frank Paauw said the suspect, a 27-year-old man from Amsterdam armed with a handgun and an automatic weapon and wearing camouflaged clothing, was run over by police as he chased his fleeing hostage. The hostage was a Bulgarian man, police said. They didn’t release his identity.

“The hostage played a sort of hero’s role by, in that split second that he had, forcing a breakthrough in this situation,” Paauw said at a news conference in the early hours of the morning. “Otherwise it could have been a very long and unpleasant night and maybe longer.”


[hostage chase and suspect hit beginning at 1:20, some NSFT language]

After the suspect was run over, a robot checked him for explosives as snipers in nearby buildings took aim, green laser beams from their weapons clearly visible in the night sky. In contacts with police, the suspect had threatened to blow himself up.

Police said Wednesday that he had “explosive components,” but that they weren’t armed.

Paauw said the man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. He remained hospitalized Wednesday under police guard. Police said they were investigating his exact motive.

Investigations were continuing Wednesday, including searching two homes in Amsterdam. The Apple Store was listed on the company’s website as being closed Wednesday and Thursday. Bullet holes could be seen in the store’s windows.

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    • Nope, I wouldn’t have done the same thing. I’d have driven over him, backed over him, driven over him again, then backed over him again. It would be hell for him to try aiming upward through the floorboard when my car is on top of him!

      More seriously, I approve.

    • I see they’ve upgraded their script writing skills and moved the term Gunman™ to being the very first word used. Amazed we only saw it once. I really despise these ‘people’. Hope it shows.

      • 𝐈 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 $𝟏𝟗𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝟐 𝐤𝐢𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞. 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐈’𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟓𝐤 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐫𝐲. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬…


  1. in the weteringschans neighborhood, the leidseplein is north east of the singelgracht.
    great language. it was three days before i figured out that gracht meant canal. suddenly i could follow the map and stopped getting lost.
    there was one street named ootgezondered. and i certainly was.

      • haha, oh yeah. it got dicey due to their no photo policy and i of course had to document. all big heavy darks, apparently exotic to some cultures.
        one golden beaut. i offered, “twenty guilders for a picture.” the reply, “he will come out and take your film. for twenty guilders you can do what you want.”
        hard pass.

        • No doubt, hard pass. Best 20 guilder you never spent. Big heavy darks; that’s an… interesting bit of info. Opposites attract? Eye of the beerholder, I guess.

      • They’re quick. And those grey ones blend in pretty well, hard to acquire… By the way, in a previous article my “scraping the bottom there, klaus” to his “… cheeky comment…” followed by your (quite correct) “… klingons/uranus…” was an attempt at play on words. Did I fail, was it too subtle? Damn, I was kinda proud of that one 😞.

        • ahh, no. much appreciated. that entire exchange was unexpected. it’s just that the star trek potty joke is so playlot giggly.
          from subtle as a half wink to blunt as log (from blammo!).

  2. Before I retired and still taught CCW classes carjacking always came up. I always said, “Run over the bad guy if you can. That Chevy has a lot more knock down power than that Glock. I don’t care what caliber it is. Just remember, it has liability attached. Same as a bullet.

  3. The euros in Holland still have nasty old environment destroying cars? Good that the batteries in the batteries were not all run down, and the POS plugged into an Obiden charger station.

  4. Glad to see all that pedestrian-friendly body engineering works. Guy set out to be a legendary kidnapper and had to settle for crash test dummy.

  5. A good visual excuse to install a “cow catcher” on the front end of your privately-owned vehicle. Good job for the police.
    You are probably going to need one on your car or truck. Because Antifa and BLM will start rioting again when the Republicans take control of Congress.

    • Well guess I need to glance at the Albany and SUNY reddit pages every now and again to see what the rose ninjas are up to like 2 years ago. Hopefully the Albany residents learned from Troy this go around.

    • Doesn’t look like any election fraud is getting fixed before 2022 so any Republicans that get in might not be worth anything anyway. If the seat really needs a “D” then they’ll find the votes for a “D” to win.

  6. An example of enlightened Progressive policing. Of course the perp may never walk again or not after a lot of surgery and rehabilitation. After spending a token amount of time in what passes as a prison he will no doubt be on welfare for the rest of his life.

    But robbery with hostage taking is so 70s. It usually doesn’t end well.

    • Southern Cross,

      But robbery with hostage taking is so 70s.

      Never really thought about it like that.

      Your comment spurred me into about 30 seconds of intense thought on a more modern approach. It seems like there are better strategies available these days. Then again these new strategies require more effort and smarts which most hostage-takers lack.

      • Geez he wanted 200mil euros?!? Lucky they boil him on oil. My elder brother lived in Amsterdam for awhile as an insurance executive(EON). And he’s an anti-gat Leftard. He’d approve of those nasty gats not being used😎🤓🙄


        • It always seems to play in a Slingblade voice for me. Whole lotta stoopid out there. We are, most undoubtedly, doomed as a species. But I very much suspect it’s possum f’n with us. Don’t tell him I told you, marsupials are touchy about that kind of thing.

  7. He didn’t really want that money. Likely has an old man with pots of money, but he’s a disillusioned youth who is floundering in the ether. He’s angling for three hots and a cot while he contemplates his wasted youth and bleak future.


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