No, this isn’t Mission Impossible — a man equipped with suction cups attempted to scale the Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday before police yanked him to safety through a window more than two hours later.
The man was first spotted around 4 p.m. ET Wednesday at Trump Tower on 56th street, CBS reported.
The New York Daily News reported that the man who attempted the climb is Stephen Rogata, of Virginia, citing police sources. The same man allegedly posted a YouTube video on Wednesday explaining his reasons for attempting the climb.
Live footage from the scene showed a man with long hair wearing shorts, a green T-shirt, and a backpack perched on the side of the building.
“He’s gotta be getting tired,” said a CBS broadcaster as the man passed the 10th floor. The tower is 58 stories.
Police officers were waiting for the man a few floors above him. He was apprehended midway through his climb, somewhere around the 23rd floor:
Naturally, a story of this magnitude set Twitter on fire:
NBC News says Trump Tower climber is currently on the 16th floor…
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) August 10, 2016
Trump will charge climber rent by the minute. Better start moving, pal.
— John Quinn (@johnquinninq) August 10, 2016
THE MAN NAMED STEVE FROM VIRGINIA IS CLIMBING THE TRUMP TOWERS WITH SUCTION CUPS I AM IN TEARS WHAT
— aleyna (@revivaItrusts) August 10, 2016
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