A much-anticipated giveaway event in the heart of New York took a dramatic turn as chaos ensued, leading to the detainment of prominent Twitch streamer Kai Cenat. Alongside another social media influencer Fanum, Cenat had organized a giveaway event at Union Square, promising excited attendees the chance to win PlayStation 5s and valuable gift cards.
The day began with Cenat broadcasting a video on his Twitch channel, showcasing the enticing prizes and building anticipation among his fanbase. As the event kicked off, an unexpectedly massive crowd gathered in Union Square, eagerly awaiting their chance to score these rewards.
However, the event quickly spiraled into disorder, catching attendees and organizers off guard. Eyewitnesses captured the escalating situation on camera, revealing scenes of confusion and commotion. While the precise catalyst for the chaos remains unclear, reports suggest tensions heightened as the crowd surged.
In response to the escalating situation, the New York Police Department swiftly intervened, deploying approximately 1,000 officers to manage the crowd. The chaotic scenes depicted in videos included individuals wielding fire extinguishers and, notably, Cenat seemingly being taken into police custody.
During a subsequent press conference, NYPD’s Chief of Police Jeffrey Maddrey disclosed that due to the exponential growth of the gathering, it was deemed an “unlawful assembly.” This led to a necessary intervention by the authorities to disperse the crowd and restore order.
Maddrey confirmed that numerous individuals were apprehended and transported in a police bus, although the exact count of those in custody remains undisclosed.
While the specifics of potential charges against Cenat and other individuals remain uncertain, Chief Maddrey indicated that charges related to “inciting a riot” could be considered. The aftermath of this unexpected turn of events leaves both fans and legal experts awaiting further updates.
Kai Cenat, recognized for his significant presence on Twitch , had made headlines earlier in the year for breaking the record for the highest number of active subscribers on the platform, surpassing prominent figures like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Ludwig Ahgren.