A Frenchman was taken into custody after he allegedly climbed a support beam on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Police claim that the 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday afternoon. Authorities first spotted him clinging to a beam that hung over the Manhattan-bound side of the bridge's traffic.
Authorities say that the man climbed a fence running along the pedestrian area of the bridge. He then made his way over to a cable beam that is connected to one of the bridge towers. At approximately 12:30 p.m. police saw the man and ordered him to climb down. Once he was within reach of authorities, he was arrested. He has since been charged with criminal trespassing and reckless endangerment.
Climber Was Just Taking Pictures
According to news reports, the foreign tourist scaled the bridge because he wanted to snap a few photographs from the iconic landmark, which is famous for its breathtaking views of the city skyline.
Brooklyn Bridge passes over the East River connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan Island. The bridge took 14 years to complete and cost approximately $15 million to construct. Now more than 130 years old, approximately 150,000 pedestrians and automobiles pass over the bridge every single day.
Brooklyn's District Attorney made several statements regarding the Frenchman's arrest. The DA said that the security of the Brooklyn Bridge must be diligently protected due to its risk of being a terrorist landmark. He said that the Frenchman compromised the security of the Brooklyn Bridge for selfish reasons and that his conduct was foolish, unlawful and he will be fully prosecuted for his behavior.
Not the Only Brooklyn Bridge Climbing Arrest
This is not the only Brooklyn Bridge climbing event in recent news. Another foreign tourist, this one coming from Russia, was taken into custody in August after he climbed the bridge to take photographs. He was also arrested and charged with the same crimes -- reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing.
The French national who was charged in this case will now have the right to defend himself against the allegations. Through a successful criminal defense, he may be able to get one or both of his charges dropped. He might also try to negotiate a plea bargain deal with the prosecution, which might help him reduce any punishments in the event of a conviction.
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