Police in Paris have arrested a man who was found wearing two 12-inch mechanical wrist blades concealed beneath his jacket, apparently inspired by the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
According to a police report seen by local media outlet The Point, the 27-year-old, named as ‘Thomas G’ was first spotted by police near Saint-Lazare station in the French capital wearing sunglasses, a military style backpack, black hood, and a black mask.
#France Confirmation : L'individu interpellé hier équipé de lames dissimulées attachées à ses avant-bras est Thomas G., 27 ans, né dans les Hauts-de-Seine & demeurant en Eure-et-Loir.
Il était bien à Paris ce samedi pour l'#ActeXXVII des #GiletsJaunes.#18Mai #YellowVests #Acte27 pic.twitter.com/50aXxy8HkM
— Rebecca Rambar (@RebeccaRambar) May 19, 2019
G allegedly attempted to run from the police, but was apparently quickly caught and immobilized before officers removed his blades and placed him into custody. The man later explained during an interview with police that the homemade blades were “unstable” and attached with elastic tape.
Police had to take extra precautions when disarming him so as to avoid the weapon from triggering accidentally. Thankfully, it seems nobody was hurt during his arrest.
As The Point reports, G later told officers that he was a fan of cosplay. While he made no specific mention of Assassin’s Creed, fans of the Ubisoft franchise will be aware that the assassin characters in-game typically carry around retractable “hidden blades” which work in exactly the same way G’s devices.
Rebecca Rambar took to Twitter to share an image of the man’s blades. She wrote:
#France: The questioning of a protestor on the sidelines of the 27th Gillet Jaune protest. The individual had concealed two blades that he had attached to his forearm. He is currently in custody in #Paris after his arrest by the police.
It’s currently unclear what G’s intentions might have been, though he was arrested shortly before the 27th Yellow Vest protest in the capital, which took place on Saturday (May 18).
The Paris marches were reported to be largely peaceful over the weekend, with some minor scuffles. There’s nothing to link G with the protests themselves, however.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.