Youtuber and streamer Kai Cenat has been arrested after a riot broke out at New York City’s Union Square after he and Fanum scheduled a giveaway of Playstation 5s.
On Friday, many people gathered in Union Square in New York City for a giveaway held by two social media influencers, Kai Cenat, a highly successful Twitch streamer, and Fanum, another streamer. Cenat and “a few other people” have been taken into custody, NBC 4 reported citing police chief Terence Monahan.
According to TwitchTracker, Cenat has the most subscribers among streamers on the platform. The giveaway was scheduled to start at 4 PM ET in Union Square Park. In the middle of a large crowd, Cenat uploaded a stream to Twitch that lasted about three minutes but didn’t show much information.
A little earlier, before getting out of the car, he posted a video in which he mentioned the several PS5 consoles he planned to give away and displayed a massive stack of $100 gift cards. As soon as Cenat exits the vehicle, the situation swiftly turns chaotic as the crowd collapses on Cenat and his group.
According to police, there have been at least 12 injuries. At approximately 4:40 pm, numerous NYPD police were on the scene attempting to sort out the gathering. The NYPD issued a warning regarding disruptions to mass transit and traffic; they anticipated that roughly 2,000 individuals attended the giveaway.
The site was littered with garbage, paint, and wrecked construction machinery when video from the location showed a large crowd bursting into mayhem. By 5 pm, most people had left Union Square after police had ordered the masses to disperse.