Trump Tower Climber Charged with Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Trespass

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The man who scaled the side of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday in an hours-long standoff with police has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, authorities said Thursday.

The man, from Great Falls, Virginia, was identified as 19-year-old Michael Joseph Ryan, but he recently changed his name to Stephen Rogata and had new identification made up, according to the NYPD.

He is undergoing a psychological evaluation at Bellevue Hospital, police said.

The climber, using a contraption made up of five suction cups, scaled the 68-story building for over two hours before responding officers yanked him inside around 6:35 p.m. after knocking out a full window pane on the 21st floor.

He was removed from Trump Tower on a stretcher.

The man started climbing at the 5th floor atrium, which is accessible to the public. It was not immediately clear why he climbed the building, but a police source said he was carrying leaflets indicating the climb was about self-promotion.

Hours after the incident, Trump thanked the NYPD for saving the climber.



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