Man Climbing Trump Tower Wanted Personal Meeting with Donald Trump

IMG_1953Midtown, NYC. — A 20 year old man had a personal motive to meet with the GOP candidate Donald Trump one-on-one Wednesday afternoon — climb his landmark Trump Towers building with suction cups and straps.

According to the NYPD, the climber whose name was not revealed during the press conference was a 20 years old independent researcher from Virginia. The young man traveled to New York City just yesterday and stayed in a local hotel, close by the area.

NYPD did not release the name of the individual, due to the various forms of identification he had inside his backpack. However, several news outlets are reporting that the man was identified as Stephen Rogata of Great Falls, Virginia.

“He wanted to climb to the top so he could speak with Trump,” said NYPD Chief Vincent Giordano, during a press conference in front of Trump Tower Wednesday night. “When he got to the point where he was on the pane, which would have cracked if he applied all his weight, he was just taken in.”

For nearly three hours in scourging humid weather, the climber scaled more than 21 stories of the all-glass building, using five giant suction cups to make his way up the side of the building on East 56th Street. The event occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m where the man began on the fifth floor atrium, avoiding Special Ops NYPD officers the whole way until police on the 21st floor from a removed window, waiting until the man was close enough to drag him inside.

“I reached out and I took hold of his hand and said, ‘Sir, you have to come with me,'” said NYPD Officer Christopher Williams, the officer who is seen to pulling the young man inside the building. “I brought him inside with the help of my partner.”

NYPD received the call shortly after 3;45pm, in response to an apparent case of a jumper outside of Trump Tower. During the first hour of the incident, NYPD officers were raising ladders in efforts to stop the climber, removing windows from the inside along his route and inflatable giant bed were placed in the street, in case the man lost his balance climbing upwards.

At one point during his Spiderman show, the man MacBook laptop dropped during his climb.

Once inside, NYPD officials said he didn’t resist nor fought with officer and didn’t have much to say. The young man was removed out of the main entrance of Fifth Avenue on a stretcher and taken to Bellevue Hospital, “where he is being psychologically evaluated,” police said. Once evaluated he will be placed under arrest, but charges against him have yet to be determined.

The climb professed his reason for climbing the GOP candidate building a day earlier on YouTube, stating his reason for doing this idiotic act was to get Trump’s attention. The video was posted under an alias ‘Leven Thumps.’

“The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention,” the man says. “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.”

Watch the climber’s YouTube video:

Chief of Detectives for the Manhattan South Command, William Aubry, confirmed that the Youtube video that surfaced was true and it was the young man now in custody.

“That Youtube video explains that he’s an ‘independent researcher’ and wanted to meet with him, and that the reason why he climbed this building,” Chief Aubry said. “His sole desire was to meet with Mr. Trump.”

Trump was not in his building when the event were going down, campaigning just earlier in Virginia and was heading to his rally in Florida.

There has been no word from Trump’s campaign regarding the incident. Trump’s New York co-chair and Staten Island Councilman Joe Borelli responded to a request for comment from PolitiChicks.

“I think the person is clearly disturbed and thought this would be a good way to get some media attention. He certainly succeeded in that respect. I just hope this doesn’t distract from today’s (or yesterday’s) real news, Hillary’s latest email scandal. Politicians have been indicted for far less blatant pay to play scams. Now we can really understand why she deleted so many,” Borelli said to PolitiChicks.

Shortly after Borelli remark, Trump Tower Organization executive Vice President, Michael Cohen released a statement regarding the incident.

“This man performed a ridiculous and dangerous stunt,” Cohen said. “There’s damage to the building and he caused the unnecessary deployment of New York’s finest to protect his safety and the safety of everyone in the building. I’m 100 percent certain the NYPD had better things to do.”

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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