Virginia man scales Trump Tower before police grab him

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

A shaggy-haired man was scaling Trump Tower in New York Wednesday using suction cups and prompting a police response outside the Manhattan headquarters of the Republican nominee for USA president.

In an anonymous YouTube video, titled "Message to Mr Trump (why I climbed your tower)", a young man dressed in a black hoodie with his face partially obscured exhorted Americans to vote for the Republican in November.

The chase ended dramatically just after 6:30 p.m.

However, other reports say that he started his climb from Trump Tower's fourth-floor gardens, which are open to the pubic.

Stephen Rogata, 19, was formally charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, New York City police said on Thursday, a day after he used suction cups to ascend the 68-story glass building in midtown Manhattan.

Police said the man's motive was to climb to the top of the tower and get a personal meeting with Trump, whose name is on the priciest real estate in Manhattan. Apart from breaking windows to reach him, police also placed inflated giant cushions below him in case he tumbled off the 58-story Trump headquarters. "He had two duffel bags that looked like they had climbing ropes". "I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request".

"The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention", the man said. "Believe me, if my objective was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it", he says.

As for Trump, the Republican nominee briefly addressed the odd stunt on Twitter yesterday, writing, "Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the climber". "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".

Michael Cohen, an executive at the Trump Organization, called it "a ridiculous and risky stunt".

"I'm 100 percent certain the NYPD had better things to do", he said.

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