Man Climbs Up Portion Of Trump Tower In NYC
Police said in a press conference that a 20-year old male from Virginia climbed up to the 21st floor of the 68-story Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday. NYPD Special Operations officers eventually apprehended the man as he tried to climb up past them. He was using specialized suction cups for the stunt. Officers had already removed windows and utilized scaffolding so they could pull him to safety in the tower.
Dramatic video shows him being carried away on a stretcher.
Police said that emergency calls were placed about 3:30 p.m. by bystanders and that it took three hours to finally pull him to safety. Sgt. Carlos Nieves, with the NYPD Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI), wrote on Twitter that “airbags were deployed” to catch the climber in case he fell.
Police also said that the purpose behind his climb was that he wanted to have a meeting with Donald Trump and that he posted his message in a YouTube video.
“I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter. I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request. Believe me if my purpose was not significant I would not risk my life pursuing it,” he reportedly said in the YouTube video. “The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention. If I had sought this via conventional means I would be much less likely to have success because you are a busy man with many responsibilities.”
Police said they were in contact with the Secret Service during the incident.
Donald Trump wrote on Twitter “Great job by the NYPD today in protecting the people and saving the climber.”
The climber was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation.