New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – A knife-wielding sneakerhead spoiled the grand opening of a trendy men’s clothing store on Friday when he sliced another customer after a round of pushing and shoving, cops said.
Miguel Ovidio, 20, of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with assault, menacing and possession of a weapon after he slashed another customer outside HBX, a new store on Division St. in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Ovidio started swinging the knife after getting crushed by people in the crowd, who had been lined up for hours to buy a limited-edition Nike sneaker, said police and witnesses.
The fight quickly turned into a melee, witnesses said.
“It was customers who were involved,” said a store manager, who did not want to be named. “They started pushing to get in, getting closer and closer. “They’d been waiting for the new Nikes. It’s a mob scene.”
The 25,000 square-foot HBX space kicked off its grand opening with the sale of Nike’s limited-edition “Dunk High Pandas,” which retail for about $125.
The store opened at 11 a.m., but the line started forming around 6 a.m., customers said.
Sneakerheads are known for getting new kicks at retail price and marking up the price online.
Adding to the tension was a store policy limiting each customer to just one pair. But veteran buyers have a workaround, either sneaking back online or working in teams to get more pairs.
“You can only get one pair at a time, but you can sell them for real money online,” said customer Mike Guapo, 16, who lives in Chinatown. “Of course guys are fighting. These just dropped.”
The seven-story HBX flagship building also houses Hypebeans café, event spaces and employee offices.
Top Feature Photo: A suspect was arrested on assault charges when a dispute broke out as they stood in line Friday for the release of a new sneaker at HBX on Division St in Manhattan – Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News