Streamer Kai Cenat's NYC Gathering Ends in Violence and Arrests

Kelly Taylor

A well-known online influencer, Kai Cenat, organized an impromptu gathering in New York City on Friday, according to officials.

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Kai organized gathering

It suddenly attracted a sizable audience, turned violent, caused injuries, and sparked a significant police response.

Gatherings turned to violence

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Streamer Kai Cenat, age 21, won "Streamer of the Year" at the 2022 Streamy Awards for his incredible 6.5 million Twitch and 4 million YouTube subscribers.

Who is Kai Cenat?

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Kai Cenat, 21, invited his followers to meet him in lower Manhattan for a live broadcast.

Kai asked followers to meet

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On his Instagram, Cenat announced a giveaway event that will take place in the park at 4 o'clock.

Kai allured people with giveaways

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He intended to distribute gifts, such as PlayStation 5 game systems. The event was inspired by a post Kai made on Instagram about it.

Gifts included many gadgets

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Even before 1:30 p.m., supporters began to form a line. By the time it was 3 o’clock, the crowd had grown considerably and was getting quite rowdy.

Fans started gathering

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Some young people who had just left the park claimed they had come in hope of winning a brand-new PlayStation or a computer for live streaming.

Fans expected winning gifts

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As the crowd grew, several young men started throwing objects at the attendees and the responding police officers from a nearby construction site.

Causes of violence

In the end, it took a thousand police officers to disperse the unplanned crowd and regain control.

Police to the rescue

Cenat was taken in for interrogation but was not yet formally detained; still, he was one of many people who were arrested in relation to the violent episodes.

Kai hasn’t been detained yet

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