City Charges WTC Skydivers

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Four men have been charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and misdemeanor jumping from a structure after sky diving from One World Trade Center last fall.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey condemned the parachute jump as a “lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public.”

James Brady, Kyle Hartwell, Marko Markovich and Andrew Rossig turned themselves in on Monday.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said “being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law.”

In a statement released early Tuesday, the Port Authority, which owns the trade center site, said “the spirit of respect and reverence for this sacred site” was violated.

On the Brian Lehrer Show, Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed, saying police and his administration are concerned.

“We are going to deepen our coordination with the Port Authority police to address it,” de Blasio said. “It’s obviously not an acceptable state of affairs, but we think it’s one that, together, we can resolve.”

You can see the full video of the jump here:

Last week, 16-year-old Justin Casquejo from Weehawken, N.J., also climbed to the spire of the nation’s tallest building after sneaking in through a hole in a fence.

Catherine McVay Hughes, chair of Manhattan Community Board One, which represents lower Manhattan, said security at the site is still being phased in. “The World Trade Center site, at this time, aside from the memorial, is still a construction site,” she said.

But she said that no construction site should be breached, whether it’s at the trade center site or not.

With reporting from the Associated Press.


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Comments [2]

LeeW from Mahtomedi

I will leave the tsk-tsking to the real adults in the room, but for myself, a perpetual adolescent, I stand in admiration. The sheer nerve, and yes, courage, to perform such an act makes me envious. I am 64 and experienced sky diving for the first time last year. Standing in the open door of a small plane at 12,000 feet was close to the limit for me and I certainly appreciate the moments of hesitation shown here. Art comes in many forms.


Mar. 26 2014 07:11 PM

And what were the managers in charge of security for the site charges with?

Mar. 26 2014 09:29 AM

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