Apple Store hostage taker demanded $226,000 in cryptocurrency as ransom

The gunman died on Wednesday from injuries sustained in his arrest.

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Igor Bonifacic
February 23, 2022 6:10 PM
Police officers by a police vehicle near Leidseplein during an hostage situation in an Amsterdam's Apple Store on February 22, 2022. - A man with a firearm was in the vicinity of an Amsterdam shop, police in the Netherlands said February 22, 2022 adding that officers were at the scene said by local media to be an Apple store. - Netherlands OUT (Photo by Laurens Bosch / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by LAURENS BOSCH/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
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Before he was apprehended by Amsterdam police, the suspect involved in Tuesday’s Apple Store hostage situation demanded a €200 million (approximately $226 million) ransom paid in cryptocurrencies, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Police say they have yet to establish a motive for the 27-year-old gunman, whose identity they didn’t share. What we know is that he was a resident of the city and had a criminal record before the event. He was also carrying explosives on his person at the time of his arrest. 

The gunman was apprehended after his hostage fled the building when a police robot delivered water to the front of the store. Police used a squad car to knock him down, causing him serious injuries. On Wednesday, he died of the injuries he sustained in his arrest. "The hostage played a heroic role by forcing a breakthrough," according to Amsterdam police chief Frank Pauw. "He acted in a split-second. Had he not done that, we could have been in for a long, nasty night."

According to Engadget’s research, Wednesday’s incident wasn’t the first time someone demanded a ransom paid in cryptocurrency to end a hostage situation. In 2017, kidnappers in Ukraine released an employee from a cryptocurrency exchange after their demand for a ransom paid in Bitcoin (valued at $1 million at the time) was met.

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