Grimacing New York police officers have put a stop to a suction-cupped scofflaw's three-hour ascent of Trump Tower in Manhattan. The Republican presidential candidate lives in the building but was away campaigning.
Grimacing New York police officers pulled a man through a 21st-floor on Wednesday, ending his three-hour effort to scale the all-glass face of the 58-story Trump Tower in New York City using suction cups. Wearing shorts, a black shirt and a backpack, the man climbed the tower's glass exterior above an outdoor patio several stories off the ground.
"We are sending our units there to try to find out what's going on," a New York police spokesman told the news agency AFP after the constabulary had become aware of the daredevil's antics but apparently before officers had determined a motive.
Police shut down several of the streets that surround the building, which lies in the heart of Manhattan's concentrated wealth, and officers climbed to a section of the Trump Tower above the man, who appeared to use some kind of harness to suspend his body. At one point, they attempted to swing a rope to him as he stuck and unstuck his hands on his ascent of the building where the 2016 Republican presidential candidate lives with his family. Donald Trump was campaigning for the presidency of the United States in North Carolina on Wednesday and not home at the time of the man's ascent.
The campaign did not immediately respond to news agencies' requests for comment.
mkg/rc (Reuters, AFP, AP)