Police say a man has been charged after sneaking a sword into the empire state building on Friday.
Police have identified the man as 35-year-old Matthew Dixon of Virginia.
He’s been charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
According to police, Dixon went into the building wearing pajama pants and concealed a two-foot sword in a cane. Police are calling the weapon a “sword-stick”.
As you can see from surveillance video, when officers arrived Dixon dropped the weapon.
“We just saw a guy that had like a sword pointed to his heart.”How did he get that up here? You know if it was metal if it was… how did it get through the detectors, you know?” Tourists at the observatory say they saw the sword first hand and wonder how the man was able to get it into the building.
Dixon was taken into custody and transported to Bellevue hospital.