Update 6:35 p.m. ET: NYPD Special Ops grabbed the climber and quickly pulled him into the building. The climber appeared to resist but they were able to pull him over the ledge. At one point, just his legs could be seen in the air as NYPD apprehended him. Updates to come regarding his identity. See below for a video reportedly posted by the climber on YouTube.
— NYPD Midtown North (@NYPDMTN) August 10, 2016
Update 6:29 p.m. ET: The climber approached authorities on the floor above him and while within arm distance, appeared to be complying with them.
Update 6:11 p.m. ET: The climber moved over to avoid reaching the open window and those watching from the street could be heard cheering. Authorities then opened another window panel located above him again, somewhat trapping the climber.
Update 6:10 p.m. ET: Authorities have removed an entire window panel from the side of the building located above the climber as the man approaches.
Update 6:03 p.m. ET: The man has surpassed the 20th floor. A video posted by YouTube user Leven Thumps is speculated to feature the unidentified male climber.
In the video, titled “Message to Mr. Trump (Why I Climbed Your Tower),” a man who resembles the climber can be heard saying: “Excuse my manner of appearance … I would rather not be recognizable. I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter. I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request … believe me, if my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it … the reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention … I’ll get my contact information to your campaign so that if you are interested you can respond. … As for anyone else who is watching please help this video go viral … and be sure to get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election.”
Update: 5:53 p.m. ET: According to CNN, a window washer’s scaffolding has been descended from the roof by responders as the climber continues to carefully position his suction cups to continue his climb.
Update 5:44 p.m. ET: The man, who has yet to be identified, has reportedly made it to the 18th floor.
Update 5:30 p.m. ET: The man has climbed above the responder who broke a window to communicate with him. He’s reportedly passed the 11th floor. The building consists of 58 floors.
Original story below
A man started scaling Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, August 10, using a contraption made out of suction cups.
According to ABC News, one witness said the man was standing on the lower level roof garden when he started to scale the side of the building.
Police and the fire department responded the scene and as of 5 p.m. ET, have been attempting to get the man safely off the building.
His mission has also prompted airbags to be inflated in case he falls.
In videos posted to social media and via ABC’s livestream, police can be heard trying to talk the man off the building.
“Guy just came into my lobby saying that a person is currently climbing up the #Trump building in midtown #NYC using suction cups,” one user tweeted on Wednesday, while another joked about Chinese therapy (favored by Michael Phelps and many others) and replied: “That cupping thing.”
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