N.J. Teen Justin Casquejo Climbs To Top Of 1 World Trade Center, Charged With Trespassing
Justin Casquejo, a 16-year-old boy from Weehawken, N.J., managed to find his way through the fences surrounding 1 World Trade Center, known as The Freedom Tower, sneak pass a sleeping security guard and climb out to the spire that makes the building the tallest in the country.
Teen Climbs One World Trade Center
Casquejo was spotted by a construction worker while making his way back down through the building and was handed over to police. He was arrested at 6 a.m. on the property of 1 World Trade, reported CNN. During questioning, Casquejo was fully cooperative, informing authorities exactly how he managed to get into the building.
According to Casquejo, his first step was to squeeze through a 1 ft. by 1 ft. gap in the fencing. From there he said, "I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the sixth floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. I then took the staircase up to 104th floor."
Once up on the 104th floor, Casquejo passed a sleeping security guard – who’s since been fired – and made his way towards the rootop. He then climbed a ladder out to the spire.
Casquejo Arriagned On Trespassing Charges
The criminal complaint states that Casquejo “knowingly entered and remained unlawfully in a building and upon real property which was fenced and otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders; the defendant knowingly entered and remained unlawfully in and upon premises."
Casquejo was arraigned on one count of criminal trespass in the third degree and one count of trespass, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. He was released without bail.
On Friday when news of his climb made headlines, Casquejo took to Twitter to apologize to those who may have been offended by his stunt, as the building was erected to replace the World Trade Center towers that were attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
I seriously apologize to anyone who may have been insulted or felt disrespected by my actions. It was not my intention to do so.
— Justin (@JustinCasquejo) March 21, 2014
Casquejo’s phone and camera were confiscated by police to rule out any potential terror threat. The teen’s Twitter page shows that he has a penchant for taking on dangerous stunts. He also practices Parkour.
– Chelsea Regan