A man who tried to commit suicide outside the NBC “Today” studios at Rockefeller Center during the show’s Thursday broadcast was distraught over a $1.3 million bill from the Internal Revenue Service, authorities said.
Pak Chong Mar, 72, sliced his wrists with a boxcutter as the cameras rolled inside, about 7:50 a.m., The New York Post reported. He screamed in the process, The Post said, “The IRS is trying to take my money. I’m not a freeloader.”
A security guard tackled the man, who nonetheless was able to cut himself deep enough to spill blood on the streets.
“I saw him take slice after slice. I saw the blood gushing,” said one witness in The Post. “The first thing I thought about was that soldier in London, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is happening.’ “
Mr. Mar had been trying to distribute a notice about his IRS issue, but nobody would take it, The Post said.
The note stated that the federal government was about to seize almost $1 million from his bank account — and that was on top of the $300,000 it already grabbed, The Post reported.
Mr. Mar is reportedly in the hospital, but his condition is not known.