The four thrill-seekers who snuck up to the top of One World Trade Center back in September and base-jumped off were arrested Monday and charged with burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure.
Three of the New York-area men, James Brady, Andrew Rossig, and Marko Markovich, climbed through a hole in the fence, snuck up the World Trade Center building, and parachuted down 1,300 feet while their other buddy, Kyle Hartwell, kept lookout.
Video footage of the early morning jump was found during a search of the men’s homes. The video shows the men deploying their parachutes and flying down to a secluded spot on a nearby highway. Watch it here!
NYPD and the Port Authority were less than impressed with the base jump stunt:
“These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger,” said NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. “These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way.”
“The Port Authority joins the NYPD in condemning this lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public,” Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne said in a statement. “It should be clear that the PAPD and NYPD will go to any length to bring those who defile the WTC site to justice.”
But the four friends maintain their base jump adventure was “very professional, very controlled” and “there was nothing haphazard or reckless about it”. Simply four friends pursuing their passion while at the same time pointing out gaping holes in the World Trade Center security.
“One of the first things my client said to me was that how surprised he was at how there was no security whatsoever — how easy it was to just walk right up there in something that the mayor has just recently described as the No. 1 terrorist target in the world,” the foursome’s lawyer said.
In fact, it’s apparently so easy to get up the World Trade Center that just last week a 16-year-old New Jersey boy snuck past security, climbed through a hole in a fence and made his way to the top of the building to take a few scenic pics.
Forget Homeland Security and all those TSA regulations. Just fix the damn hole in the fence.