Kai Cenat, a famous Twitch streamer and influencer, was arrested by the NYPD on Friday after a PS5 giveaway event he hosted in New York City’s Union Square Park turned into a riot. Cenat, who has over 10 million followers on Twitch and YouTube, had allegedly announced on his social media platforms that he would be giving away video game consoles, PCs, keyboards, gaming chairs, headphones and other items to his fans. The event was supposed to start at 4 p.m., but by 3 p.m., the park was already packed with hundreds of people eager to get their hands on the freebies.
However, things quickly got out of control when Cenat arrived at the scene in a black SUV with his entourage. As soon as he stepped out of the vehicle, he was mobbed by the crowd, who tried to grab the items he was holding. Viral videos show the moment Cenat’s SUV tried to pull away from the chaotic scene, but was blocked by the swarm of people.
Did Kai Cenat have a Permit? Police Allegedly Explain Why NYPD Arrested Him
According to CBS News, police sources said that KAi Cenat did not have a permit for the event and did not coordinate with the authorities beforehand. He was taken into custody along with “a few other people” according to reports. The police have said that there were numerous arrests at the event, but did not specify the charges or the exact number of people detained.
Cenat is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, where he plays video games, chats with his fans and hosts giveaways. He is known for his lavish lifestyle and generous donations to other streamers and charities. He has not issued any statement regarding his arrest or the incident as of yet. This is the most real situation he has faced as a streamer so far.
The giveaway event has sparked a lot of debate among Cenat’s fans and critics on social media. Some have defended him, saying that he was trying to do something nice for his supporters, and that he was not responsible for the violence that ensued.
Others have criticized him, saying that he was reckless, irresponsible and selfish for organizing such a large gathering without proper planning and security measures. Some have also questioned the authenticity of the event, suggesting that it might have been a publicity stunt or a prank gone wrong.
If Kai Cenat didn’t have a permit like authorities are allegedly saying, he might be looking at some serious jailtime.