A man was evading police and scaling Trump Tower
He was pulled in by police at about 6:30 p.m.
A man scaling Trump Tower using giant suction cups was roughly pulled into the building at about 6:30 p.m. by members of the New York Police Department after reaching the 21st floor.
“Individual climbing #TrumpTower has been apprehended. Excellent job by @NYPDSpecialops & all supporting personnel,” tweeted Inspector Peter J. Venice, commanding officer of the Midtown North Precinct.
The 19-year-old from Virginia was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation, according to a law enforcement official.
He was identified on Thursday morning as Stephen Rogata of Great Falls Virginia by the NYPD, who charged him with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing.
The NYPD had originally said he was 20.
The man drove from Virginia to Brooklyn on Tuesday, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
He has been medically cleared, and is undergoing a psychological evaluation, according to the sources.
He is expected to face several state charges from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office sometime overnight or Thursday morning, the sources said.
The New York Police Department is in touch with the man’s family, the sources said.
“What he explained to us is that he wanted a personal meeting with Mr. Trump and he posted a YouTube video on Tuesday,” Bill Aubrey, Chief of Detectives with Manhattan South Precinct said at a press conference. “That YouTube video explains that he’s an independent researcher and he wanted to meet with him (Donald Trump) and that’s the reason why he was climbing this building. At no time did he express that he wanted to hurt anybody. His sole intention was to meet with Mr. Trump.”
Emergency services detailed the almost three-hour operation in which crews tried to isolate the climber, after first trying to talk him down through a vent on the 5th floor.
When the long-haired man in a baseball cap and climbing gear continued to scale vertically and horizontally, emergency personnel removed window panes and lowered scaffolding from the roof of the building to eventually corner him near a two-feet thick glass window that would not support his weight, a police spokesman said.
Trump Tower is Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s highest-profile property, and where his campaign is headquartered – next to Central Park in Manhattan.
The real estate mogul was not in the building at the time of the climb, but on the campaign trail.
After a campaign rally in Florida Wednesday evening, Trump tweeted: “Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the the climber.”
Manhattan South Chief William Morris said his unit was in constant contact with the United States Secret Service during the ordeal.
His team was working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to determine which charges would be made.