New York, NY, United States (4E) – Three New Yorkers who climbed to the top of the One World Trade Center and parachuted from the 1,776-foot- tall skyscraper on Sept. 30 last year were arrested Monday.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) charged Andrew Rossig, Macro Markovich and James Brady with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure.
The three committed a lawless and selfish act that endangered the public, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne said in a statement. The Port Authority owns the site where One WTC, the tallest building in the U.S., is being constructed as replaced for the WTC twin towers that collapsed during 9/11.
“These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger,” CNN quoted NYPD Commissioner William Bratton as saying. “These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way.”
The three were tracked down only recently using leads from bystanders who witnessed the stunt and surveillance footage from another building that caught the men landing on a nearby highway. Video clips from helmet cameras used by the BASE jumpers were also found and seized from their homes by police.
Rossig’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said there was nothing haphazard or reckless about what the men did. He said the three passed through a hole in the fence to get inside the building.
The arrest and filing of charges against Rossig, Markovich and Brady came a week after a 16-year-old New Jersey boy also managed to sneaked into the 1 WTC unnoticed and climb to the rooftop, where he took photos. The boy, Justin Casquejo, was caught by a construction worker while climbing down. He was later arrested and charged with trespassing.