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The man who came armed into an Apple store and took a hostage to demand $200 million euros in crypto was captured by police in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
Una tienda Apple in the Netherlands this week became the scene of a criminal incident involving an unusual ransom demand in the Netherlands. Bitcoin the biggest and most popular cryptocurrency in the world. It is a decentralized digital currency that enables users to make trustless peer-to-peer transactions. .
On Tuesday afternoon, a gunman entered a convenience store Apple ubicada en el centro de la ciudad de Ámsterdam para tomar a un sujeto como rehén y luego exigir un pago de cerca de USD $225 millones en criptomoneda.
According to the mediaDutch News, el presunto delincuente ingresó al establecimiento a las 17:30 horas con armas en ambas manos: en una una pistola y en la otra un rifle automático. Casi inmediatamente después tomó a una persona de la tienda como rehén. El bandido apuntaba al rehén y habría disparado al aire para intimidar al resto de las personas que se encontraban en la tienda.
Police said there were about 70 people in the store when the man burst in, some of whom hid in a closet in the lower part of the building because of the shock of the attack. “ They lived in terror for hours “, said Deputy Mayor Rutger Groot Wassink, who was quoted by the news outlet.
Threatened to blow himself up and demanded payment in crypto
According to a police report , el perpetrador habría llamado por teléfono a las fuerzas del orden para exigir el pago en criptomonedas a cambio de liberar al rehén de forma segura. El secuestrador, que iba vestido con una chaqueta que simulaba llevar explosivos adheridos, había amenazado con explotarse si no se cumplían sus demandas.
Inside, the suspect immediately took one person hostage. He himself telephoned the police and demanded 200 million in cryptocurrencies and a safe conduct of the property. The suspect continuously held the hostage at gunpoint and also threatened to blow himself up.
“ The suspect had a gun pointed at his hostage the entire time and threatened to blow himself up. “Police Chief Frank Paauw told Dutch News . He added that authorities believe the kidnapper did not know how many people were inside the establishment.
El atacante habría abierto fuego a la policía cuando estas llegaron a la escena. Algunos testigos presenciales aseguraron haber escuchado al menos cuatro disparos.
Two hours later, around 10.30pm, it is alleged that the shooter approached the officers and asked for a glass of water. . During the time it took the hostage taker to open the doors and take his drink, the hostage managed to escape. The perpetrator was then knocked out by an armored vehicle driven by Special Intervention Service (ISD) agents.
An unusual evolution of events
El atacante fue llevado al hospital en mal estado de salud, aunque consciente, ya que pudo hablar en la ambulancia, según los informes. La policía local también brindó información a través de su cuenta Twitter first thing Wednesday morning:
The suspect has since been taken to the hospital. At the moment, we are still conducting a thorough investigation at the Apple Store in Leidseplein.
The hostage and the other people inside the store were unharmed after the incident. Amsterdam police chief Frank Pauw praised the courage shown by the hostage, a 44-year-old British man who was a client a client is software that can access and process blockchain transactions on a local computer. A common application of this is a cryptocurrency software wallet. of the building. “ El rehén desempeñó un papel heroico al forzar un avance. Otherwise, this could have been a long a situation where you buy a cryptocurrency with the expectation of selling it at a higher price for profit later. night. “, he told the BBC .
Virtually from the moment of the incident, images and videos of the captive and the kidnapper began to circulate on social media, with a photograph showing the two individuals sitting together inside the store. Police identified the attacker, a 27-year-old man from Amsterdam, although they did not reveal his identity.
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The event is particularly curious, not only because of the unfolding events but also because of the cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. ransom demand. While ransom demands on digital digital technologies are these electronic tools that have the ability to generate, store or even process data. assets such as Bitcoin no son inusuales entre los criminales, con frecuencia este mecanismo de pago es aprovechado por atacantes cibernéticos y otros actores maliciosos que evitan ser identificados al tiempo que buscan eludir una posible incautación de fondos.
However, in this case, the perpetrator carried out a physical attack, where he showed his face and left traces that made him completely recognizable. The police said they are still investigating ” all possible situations ” although they believe the man acted alone.
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Article by Hannah Estefania Perez / DiarioBitcoin
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