The climber is a young white male Trump fan. Let’s see if any of Hillary’s fans can match this athletic feat.
MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) — A man used suction cups to climb the south side of the Trump Tower building in Manhattan on Wednesday, evading police for hours before his arrest.
NYPD Emergency Service officers removed an entire window from the building and grabbed hold of the man and pulled him inside just after 6:30 p.m. — more than 2 1/2 hours after he was first spotted.
The shaggy brown haired young man was on the East 56th Street side, the south side of the building, and made it to the 21st floor before he was captured.
One witness said the man began his climb when he was standing on the sub roof garden, which is accessible to the public.
He then started climbing, using a contraption made up of suction cups. He used four, one each for his arms and legs, and had a spare strapped to his black backpack.
Here’s the video allegedly posted by the Trump Tower climber.
While ABC News has not confirmed that the man in the video is the climber, a high ranking police source tells us there is “no reason to believe it’s not him.”
Police say the 20-year-old man arrived in New York Tuesday and spent the night in a hotel. He was carrying multiple forms of ID, with several names.
Though detectives determined pretty quickly he was truly a threat to only himself, and of course the officers, who had to rescue him off the building.
“At no time did he express that he wanted to hurt anybody, his sole intention was to meet with Mr. Trump,” said Asst. Chief William Aubry, NYPD Detective Bureau.
What isn’t clear is what he wanted to tell Trump, though he’s definitely a fan and encouraged people to “get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election.”
Trump’s devoted fan has been sent to Bellevue for a psych evaluation.
The climber, an independent researcher from Virginia who traveled to New York City yesterday and stayed at a local hotel, had the “sole intention” to meet Trump, not to hurt the candidate, police said. Cops were initially alerted to him climbing the building around 3:30 p.m., and it took more than three hours to bring him into custody, grabbing him through a window that had been removed.
Once in custody, the man went in peacefully but didn’t have much to say once they got him inside, police said. He was removed from Trump Tower on a stretcher and taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he will be psychologically evaluated, police said. He will be placed under arrest, but the appropriate charges against him have yet to be determined, police said.
According to cops, the NYPD was in contact with the Secret Service.
The man’s backpack contained various forms of identification because the man now goes by a different name, police said. His identity has not been determined.