A man using suction cups scaled Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, prompting a large police response.
Hours later, New York Police Department officers removed the windows above him and snatched him out of the air.
At a news conference after the incident, police officials said the climber was a 20-year-old man from Virginia who traveled to New York City Tuesday and stayed in a hotel overnight.
Police did not provide the man’s name, saying only that he “previously went by one name and now he goes by another name.”
Officials said they worked to prevent the man’s progress up the building by removing window panes. That eventually limited him to ascending a single, narrow piece of glass — which, police said, could have cracked under his weight.
As the man climbed onto that piece of glass, New York Police Detective Williams grabbed him and pulled him into the building.
“I reached out and took hold of his hand and said, ‘Sir, you need to come with me,’” Williams told reporters Wednesday evening.
Once the man was inside the building, he surrendered peacefully and was arrested, Williams said. Police then took the man to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.
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