Man Scales Trump Tower

CBS2’s Valerie Castro reports.

TRY TO CLIMB UP THE SIDE OF IT
WITH SUCTION CUPS.
GOOD EVENING, I'M ALICE
GAINER.
KRISTINE JOHNSON IS OFF.
I'M MAURICE DuBOIS.
THAT SITUATION UNFOLDING AS WE
SPEAK.
THE LAST 30 MINUTES OR SO
MIDTOWN MANHATTAN HIGH ABOVE
FIFTH AVENUE AND 56th STREET.
THAT'S TRUMP TOWER.
THAT'S A CLIMBER.
NYPD OFFICERS ON THE SCENE
RIGHT NOW AS HE TRIES TO MAKE
HIS WAY UP THE TOWER.
CBS 2'S VALERIE CASTRO IS
LIVE ON THE GROUND FOR US WITH
THE LATEST WITH WHAT'S
HAPPENING.
VALERIE.
Reporter: ALICE, RIGHT NOW
THERE IS STILL A VERY LARGE
POLICE PRESENCE HERE IN
MIDTOWN.
FIFTH AVENUE IS OPEN.
BUT ONLY SOUTH OF 56th STREET.
DOWN THERE YOU CAN SEE THERE
ARE SEVERAL LARGE POLICE
VEHICLES AND EVEN AN AMBULANCE
IS STANDING BY.
56th STREET EAST OF FIFTH
AVENUE IS COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN
AROUND THE BASE OF TRUMP
TOWER.
THE ONLY PEOPLE ON THAT
CORNER, OF COURSE, BYSTANDERS
WONDERING WHAT IS GOING ON.
RIGHT NOW WE WANT TO GO BACK
TO THE LIVE VIDEO OF THE MAN
SCALING THE SIDE OF TRUMP
TOWER.
THIS STARTED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO
WHEN PEOPLE BEGAN POSTING
VIDEO TO SOCIAL MEDIA OF A MAN
WHO APPEARED TO BE SCALING THE
SIDE OF THE GLASS TOWER.
SOME WITNESSES SAY HE WAS
USING SUCTION CUPS TO MAKE HIS
WAY UP FROM AN OUTDOOR
TERRACE.
POLICE QUICKLY SHUT DOWN THE
SURROUNDING AREA UNAWARE OF
WHO THE MAN IS OR WHY HE IS
MAKING HIS WAY UP THE
BUILDING.
MANY STOPPED TO WONDER WHAT
WAS GOING ON.
HERE'S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY.
[ INAUDIBLE ]
CRAZY.
OH.
WOW.
Reporter: WHAT DO YOU
THINK?
I DIDN'T KNOW — I THOUGHT
SOMETHING WAS GOING ON WITH
TRUMP.
I THINK HE IS PROBABLY A
NUT TRYING TO GET TO THE TOP.
Reporter: SOME PEOPLE
WONDERED IF TRUMP IS HOME
TODAY.
OF COURSE, HE IS NOT.
HE IS OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN
TRAIL.
HE WAS IN VIRGINIA EARLIER FOR
HIS CAMPAIGN.
HE WILL BE IN FLORIDA TONIGHT.
POLICE STILL WONDERING WHO THE
MAN IS AND STILL TRYING TO GET
HIM OFF THE BUILDING.
LIVE IN MIDTOWN, VALERIE
CASTRO, CBS 2 NEWS.
IN A TOWN WHERE WE HAVE
SEEN EVERYTHING, THIS IS NEW.
THERE'S NO SENSE OF WHAT THIS
GUY IS AFTER, WHAT HE IS
TRYING TO PROVE, WHAT HE MAY
HAVE IN THE BACKPACK?
NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING EXCEPT
WHAT WE'RE SEEING ON THE
PICTURES?
Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT.
THE MANY BYSTANDERS JUST
DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT WAS
GOING ON.
THEY WERE UNAWARE THAT THERE
WAS A MAN CLIMBING INSIDE OF
THE BUILDING.
ONE PERSON WHO IS FROM NEW
YORK SAID, HEY, IT'S NEW YORK.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
SOME OTHERS SAY, WELL, WE CAME
TO NEW YORK EXPECTING TO SEE
SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
BUT THEY STILL AREN'T QUITE
SURE WHO THE MAN, WHAT HIS
MOTIVES ARE, IF HE IS
SUICIDAL.
POLICE STILL TRYING TO TALK TO
HIM TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHY
HE IS DOING THIS.
VALERIE, QUICK QUESTION,
TOO.
IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE HE IS
GETTING VERY FAR.
WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING HIM FOR
QUITE A WHILE.
HE MIGHT BE GETTING FATIGUED
AT THIS POINT.
ANY IDEA WHAT FIRST RESPONDERS
MIGHT BE SAYING TO HIM RIGHT
NOW AND ANY IDEA IF HE IS
LOOKING LIKE HE IS GOING TO
STOP AND GO RIGHT TO THEM?
Reporter: IT'S UNCLEAR.
IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS USING
SUCTION CUPS.
IT LOOKS LIKE A SLOW PROCESS
FROM THE VIDEO.
YOU CAN SEE POLICE IN SOME OF
THE VIDEO YELLING TO HIM FROM
SOME OF THE WINDOWS.
I'M SURE THEY ARE TRYING TO
COAX HIM OVER TO ONE OF THOSE
OPEN WINDOWS.
STILL UNCLEAR HOW FAR HE PLANS
TO GO OR WHERE EXACTLY HE
STARTED FROM.
VALLEY, AS WE KEEP IT HERE
— VALERIE, AS WE KEEP IT
HERE, THESE ARE THE NYPD'S NEW
JERSEY SERVICE UNIT OFFICERS
ON THE CASE.
THEY HAVE BROKEN SOME OF THE
WINDOWS THERE AT TRUMP TOWER.
YOU SEE THEM OFF AND ON OVER
THE PAST FEW MOMENTS TALKING
TO HIM, ATTEMPTING TO COAX HIM
INTO QUITTING ONE WOULD
ASSUME.
THEY HAVE BROKEN THE GLASS
ABOVE HIM.
IT'S FALLING TOWARD HIM.
WE HAVE SEEN GLASS ON THAT
SIDE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
FACADE THERE.
AGAIN, THIS IS TRUMP TOWER
56th STREET RIGHT AT FIFTH
AVENUE.
THIS IS THE SOUTH FACING WALL
OF WINDOWS AND WE HAVE A YOUNG
GUY WITH A HARNESS AND SUCTION
CUPS AND TRYING TO MAKE HIS
WAY UP.
THIS IS LIKE THE FIFTH OR
SIXTH STORY OF A 58-STORY
BUILDING SO HE HASN'T GOTTEN
VERY FAR.
WE CAN CITY THAT GLASS
RAINING DOWN — WE CAN SEE
THAT GLASS RAINING DOWN ON
HIM.
HE SEEMS VERY CALM.
AND GLASS RAINING ON HIM
LIKE YOU SAID AND OFFICERS
TRYING TO TALK TO HIM.
HE HASN'T GOTTEN VERY FAR.
WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS AND
HOPE FOR THE BEST, QUITE
FRANKLY.
YOU LOOK AT THAT BACKPACK, WE
HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S IN THERE,
HOPING IT'S JUST EQUIPMENT AND
GEAR AND SO FORTH.
BUT, UM, NYPD ON THE SCENE.
EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICERS —
NOW WE SEE FOR THE FIRST TIME
THERE'S SOMETHING OF A HARNESS
WITH I GUESS THAT'S A WINDOW
WASHER TYPE UNIT THAT THEY ARE
LOWERING TOWARD HIM AS THEY
LOOK TO BRING THIS THING TO AN
END.
I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE
CONTROL OF THE CAMERA IF WE
CAN WIDEN OUT BUT YOU SEE MORE
OFFICERS ON THE LEDGE THERE TO
THE RIGHT.
THEY ARE PERCHED AND
PRESUMABLY TALKING TO HIM, AS
WELL.
AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT
IS IN THAT BACKPACK.
THAT'S THE BIG CONCERN.
GREAT CONCERN TO THE NYPD AND
ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE
SURROUNDING AREA.
ONCE AGAIN THEY HAVE CLOSED
DOWN THAT AREA RIGHT AROUND
TRUMP TOWER IN MIDTOWN.
THAT MAN HAS BEEN CLIMBING FOR
— [ SIGNAL BREAKUP ]
— VERY FAR.
AGAIN, THEY WERE JUST BREAKING
SOME OF THE WINDOWS, TALKING
TO THIS MAN, NOT SURE WHAT'S
GOING ON BETWEEN THEM AT THIS
TIME.
IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE
LOWERING THAT WINDOW WASHING
SCAFFOLD TO HIM.
OF LATE WHEN MR. TRUMP
HIMSELF IS AROUND, THERE ARE
SECRET SERVICE AGENTS SWARMING
THE BUILDING IN A PROTECTIVE
SORT OF RING AND FASHION BUT
TODAY, HE IS OUT OF TOWN SO
YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE
SOMETHING, UM, SOMEWHAT
LESSER.
SO RIGHT NOW, AGAIN, IF YOU
ARE JUST TUNING IN, WE ARE
WATCHING A SCENE HIGH ABOVE
FIFTH AVENUE NOT THAT HIGH
ACTUALLY, 5 OR 6 STORIES UP ON
A SKYSCRAPER OF 58 STORIES,
THIS IS TRUMP TOWER WHERE WE
HAVE A YOUNG MAN WITH SUCTION
CUPS AND A HARNESS AND SOME
EQUIPMENT IN A BACKPACK
STOPPING TRAFFIC, STOPPING THE
CITY REALLY, STOPPING
TOURISTS, STOPPING EVERYBODY,
AS HE ATTEMPTS TO SCALE THE
BUILDING AND WE HAVE OFFICERS
TO HIS LEFT, RIGHT, ABOVE AND
BELOW, TRYING TO GET TO HIM
AND GET HIM TO STOP AND
HOPEFULLY BRING THIS THING TO
A PEACEFUL END.
AGAIN, HE HAS BEEN IN THE
SAME SPOT FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
IT DOESN'T APPEAR THEY ARE
GOING DOWN TO HIM I GUESS THEY
ARE WAITING TO SEE IF HE COMES
UP TO THEM.
THEY HAVE HIM SURROUNDED.
YOU CAN SEE ON THE FAR RIGHT
OF THE SCREEN AGAIN, YOU HAVE
THE EMERGENCY WORKERS THERE.
YOU CAN SEE THEM STICKING
THEIR HEAD OUT OCCASIONALLY
THROUGH A WINDOW THEY BROKE.
YOU CAN SEE THE SCAFFOLDING
ABOVE THIS MAN, AS WELL.
AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN
HIS BACKPACK.
HE HAS BEEN AT THIS QUITE SOME
TIME NOT GETTING VERY FAR.
A SHORT TIME AGO THEY BROKE
THAT GLASS TO TRY AND GET — [
SIGNAL BREAKUP ]
A BETTER CLOSE-UP RIGHT
THERE.
THERE YOU CAN SEE SOMEONE IN
THE SCAFFOLDING.
LOOKS LIKE THEY MIGHT BE
GETTING READY TO MAKE A MOVE
BUT THAT MAN IS RIGHT BELOW
THEM.
WE HAVE SEEN MANY RESCUES
IN THIS TOWN WITH WINDOW
WASHERS WHO GET STUCK AND
OFFICERS WORKING WITH THEM IN
A LESS HOSTILE KIND OF FASHION
BUT IN THIS CASE, UM, THERE'S
NO SENSE OF WHAT HE IS AFTER,
WHY HE IS DOING IT, HOW FAR HE
WANTS TO GO, WHETHER HE IS
LISTENING TO THE OFFICERS OR,
UM, IGNORING THEM.
THERE WE HAVE IT.
A CLIMBER DANGLING ABOVE A FEW
STORIES UP FIVE, SIX STORIES
UP ABOVE TRUMP TOWER.
CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, CHECK,
CHECK.
THE OUT FACING SIDE OF THE
BUILDING.
AGAIN, THIS IS THE 58-STORY
TOWER.
HE IS NOT VERY FAR UP BUT WE
DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS TRYING TO
GET TO THE TOP AGAIN, WHAT
EXACTLY HE WAS TRYING TO DO.
BUT NONETHELESS HE IS THERE
AND WE'RE ALL WATCHING HIM
WAITING TO SEE WHAT THIS IS
ALL ABOUT.
IT FIRST STARTED POPPING
REALLY ABOUT AN HOUR AGO WHEN
SOCIAL MEDIA JUST LIT UP WITH
IMAGES AND VIDEO, PEOPLE JUST
SURPRISED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
AFTERNOON TO HAVE A GUY DOING
THIS KIND OF THING.
SO HERE WE HAVE FIFTH AVENUE
IS SHUT DOWN SOUTH OF TRUMP
TOWER.
ACTUALLY I SHOULD SAY IT'S
OPEN SOUTH OF TRUMP TOWER
LEADING UP TO IT IN AND IN

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