Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Trump Tower Climber Yanked into Building

A man scaling Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan with suction cups and straps Wednesday was safely pulled in through a window by police, ending a several-hour stunt that got him to the 21st floor and on to the television screens of millions of people worldwide.

New York cops, some outfitted with rappelling gear, snatched the man moments after he ascended to a tight spot near a large window removed by police. Earlier, they raised a ladder in an effort to stop him, but closed it up as he moved higher. They also broke windows above his route and inflated giant cushions below him in case he tumbled off the 58-story Trump headquarters.

The as-yet unidentified man's motive for the mid-afternoon climb remains unclear. Trump, who was on his presidential campaign tour in Virginia, wasn't there to see the spectacle.

Trump Tower is located on Fifth Avenue, an area of heavy traffic. Crowds of pedestrians stopped to watch the climber.

People who have climbed other structures in New York have been arrested and faced charges such as reckless endangerment and trespassing.

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