Man scales Trump Tower in Manhattan using suction cups

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MIDTOWN, Manhattan -- Police have captured the man who used suction cups to scale the 68-story Trump Tower in midtown Wednesday afternoon.

The climber was pulled through a window nearly three hours after the ordeal began. The crowd booed as he was taken into custody and then cheered the daredevil for his effort.

Police arrived on the scene just before 4 p.m. as the climber made his way up the glass facade on the south side of the building equipped with a contraption involving ropes and suction cups.

Emergency Service workers and NYPD officers removed an entire pane of window glass just a few stories above the man as they waited for him to climb towards them.

NYPD officers were also stationed in a nearby window washer scaffolding.

The man reportedly carried on conversation with officers as they attempt to find out his intentions. An airbag was positioned at the base of the building in case the climber jumped or fell.

Trump Tower is located at East 56th Street. The street in front the building was closed off as hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the climber.

During the ordeal, a video surfaced on YouTube titled "Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)" that shows a man explaining why he decided to scale the tower. The authenticity of the video has not been confirmed, but was widely shared Wednesday.

The Trump campaign has not issued a statement on the climber.

Sources say the man scaling the building is Stephen Rogata from Virginia, but his identity has not been officially confirmed.


It's not the first time a daredevil has taken to climbing a skyscraper in New York City. In 1977, George Willig scaled 2 World Trade Center, one of the 110-story Twin Towers.

As recently as 2008, the New York Times building was scaled by three different men over a few days in June 2008.

The tower, which was completed in 1983 at the site of the former Bonwit Teller department store, is Donald Trump's official residence. Offices in the tower also serve as headquarters for the Republican party's presidential campaign.

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