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Man Arrested After Pulling Knife Outside of Today Show

Liz Raftery
June 6, 2013
Today Show | Photo Credits: @SirAnduck
Today Show | Photo Credits: @SirAnduck

A man was tackled by police in Rockefeller Plaza Thursday morning after he began waving a knife around outside the Today show, NBC reports.

The incident prompted the morning show to open its 8:00 hour inside the studio rather than outside on the plaza, as it typically does.

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The man, whose identity has not been released, made it clear that he was only intending to harm himself and not any of the surrounding spectators, co-anchor Matt Lauer told viewers. The man succeeded in stabbing himself and was being "attended to by medical personnel," according to Lauer.

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"All secure on the plaza after a scary incident. Thanks to our security team and the NYPD," he later tweeted, adding that the man was in police custody.

Watch Lauer describing the incident below:

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