June 10, 2013

New York man makes suicide attempt, blames the IRS for his financial troubles.

Last Thursday morning, outside the “Today” show, Pak Chong Mar slit his wrists in protest of the IRS.

“I had to do something desperate to fight the corruption, fight the IRS,” the 70-something year old man told a Daily News reporter. “They are so powerful.”

It was discovered by NY Daily News that Pak had made a similarly violent public statement in 1995. He had just been kicked out of his Brooklyn apartment, and was carrying letters protesting the eviction notice to share with passersby. Rejected, at the Hong Kong Dragon Board Festival in Queens, New York, he used a meat cleaver to chop off his own left pinky, ring, and middle finger to throw into the festival crowd.

But on June 7, 2013, Pak arrived at Rockefeller Center just before 8 AM. ranting about government corruption and holding a stack of documents. He claimed that he had been a millionaire upon emigrating from China to New York, but that the IRS ruined his life and left him with nothing. Not only that, he stated that they were supposedly fining him $1.3 million.

After attempting and failing to get the tourists who were standing outside the show to read the IRS-related papers, he threw the stack up into the air. “I’m going to cut myself!” he shouted, before attacking his wrist with a box cutter. A bystander wrestled the cutter out of his hand, but he pulled out another knife and began cutting his other wrist.

“If I don’t do something drastic, sooner or later these guys are going to kill me anyway. I couldn’t even pay rent this month,” Pak explained.

Immediately following the wrist slashing, he was pepper sprayed by police officers and tackled before being rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital. Though his physical injuries were not fatal, his mental condition is still being evaluated.