Apple Store guard stabbed in mask dispute — suspect remains at large: report

The politicization of mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic turned violent in New York City on Friday.

"A violent assault sent a security guard to the hospital and turned the Apple Store in Chelsea into a crime scene Friday night over a mask policy, according to police. Authorities say the store on West 14th Street in Manhattan closed early, around 6:30 p.m., after a customer allegedly stabbing the store's security guard. Investigators say the attack followed the customer's frustration with the store's COVID-19 mask requirement," NBC New York reported.

The attack is part of a trend of hostility over mask requirements. In September, a woman armed with a loaded gun allegedly attacked a police detective in South Carolina over mask requirements.

The 37-year-old security guard is being treated at a local hospital. CNN reports the suspect is still at large.