Teen arrested for sneaking to top of World Trade Center skyscraper

NEW YORK Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:08pm IST

The sun reflects off New York's One World Trade Center as people stand in a park in Hoboken, New Jersey in this file photo from September 29, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

The sun reflects off New York's One World Trade Center as people stand in a park in Hoboken, New Jersey in this file photo from September 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Gary Hershorn/Files

Related Topics

Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

"Beating The Retreat" Rehearsals

Rehearsals are on for "Beating the Retreat" ceremony which symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Republic Day celebrations.  Slideshow 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A teenage boy was arrested after sneaking into One World Trade Center, which is still under construction in New York City and is the nation's tallest building, and ascending its 104 floors to the antenna, police said on Thursday.

Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, New Jersey, was carrying his camera when he crawled through a small hole in the construction fence encircling the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said.

He then clambered up scaffolding to enter the building, took an elevator to the 88th floor and climbed stairs to the tower's antenna, which rises 1,776 feet above the ground.

Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority, the public agency that owns the building, declined to directly address reports that the guard assigned to protect the skyscraper's upper floors was asleep at the time.

"I'm going to characterize it as 'inattentive'", he said, adding that the guard had since been fired.

Port Authority police arrested Casquejo inside the building about two hours after he first entered, Pentangelo said.

Casquejo said on his Facebook page he was keen on the running and jumping sport of parkour and posted pictures of himself posing with the World Trade Center in the background,

The New York Post reported. His Facebook page appeared to have been removed on Thursday morning.

Casquejo was charged with two counts of trespass and arraigned on Monday before being released, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

One count of criminal trespass in the third degree carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in prison; one count of trespass carries a maximum sentence of 15 days in prison.

Casquejo could not immediately be reached for comment. A lawyer representing him declined to comment.

The Port Authority has spent millions of dollars on security measures for the skyscraper, which is due to open later this year and which replaces the Twin Towers that were destroyed by Al Qaeda hijackers on September 11, 2001.

Joseph Dunn, the Port Authority's chief security officer, said in a statement that the agency takes security breaches "extremely seriously".

"We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and we are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible," the statement said.

(Reporting By Jonathan Allen; editing by Andrew Hay)

FILED UNDER:
Photo

After wave of QE, onus shifts to leaders to boost economy

DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.

Reuters Showcase

ONGC Share Sale

ONGC Share Sale

ONGC share sale scheduled for this fiscal - oil minister  Full Article 

The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Record Earnings

Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record  Full Article 

'Umrika' At Sundance

'Umrika' At Sundance

From Oscars to Sundance, Sharma and Revolori discuss India's 'Umrika'  Full Article 

Australian Open

Australian Open

Smooth Wawrinka, ill Serena through to Melbourne semis   Full Article 

India's Male Tenor

India's Male Tenor

India's lone male tenor aims to sing opera in local key  Full Article 

Japan Hostages

Japan Hostages

Mother of Japanese captive begs PM to save son held by Islamic State  Full Article 

Tripoli Attack

Tripoli Attack

Frenchman, American among those killed in Tripoli hotel attack - Libyan official.  Full Article 

U.S. Blizzard

U.S. Blizzard

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts.  Full Article 

Spying Row

Spying Row

Spying program leaked by Snowden is tied to campaign in many countries.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage