20-Year-Old Virginia Man Captured While Climbing Trump Tower

A man climbs the outside of Trump Tower in New York, Aug. 10, 2016. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
A man climbs the outside of Trump Tower in New York, Aug. 10, 2016.
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Cops have captured a man who tried to scale the side of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan this afternoon after an hours-long standoff.

Responding officers yanked the man into the building around 6:35 p.m. after knocking out a full window pane on the 21st floor.

The climber, using a contraption made up of five suction cups, scaled the 68-story building for over two hours. He was removed from Trump Tower on a stretcher.

The man started climbing at the 5th floor atrium, which is accessible to the public. it was not immediately clear why he climbed the building, but a police source said he was carrying leaflets indicating the climb was about self-promotion.

Police and the fire department responded to the scene and could be seen removing vents and breaking holes in windows of the building. Rescuers also deployed airbags in case the climber were to fall.

The man appeared to change his path at one point, shimmying sideways to avoid holes that police sawed into ventilation grates, where officers were leaning out. At one point he appeared to be talking to officers through a hole that cops had punched through a window.

NYPD Emergency Services officers had been trying to “safely isolate” the climber while talking to him, an NYPD official said, by making it difficult for him to continue climbing.

Cops had been actively negotiating but were reluctant to do anything that could cause him to fall, the official said.

The source said there’s no reason the Secret Service will become involved because there is no apparent intent to harm Trump.

Police did not suspect the climber had a weapon, the NYPD official said.

“This is clearly a stunt guy,” the official said. “The guy doesn’t appear to be here to do anything evil.”

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Paul Blake and Emily Shapiro