Police identify Trump Tower climber ‘Steve from Virginia’

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have removed the man that many are referring to as “Steve from Virginia” from the facade of the 58-story Trump Tower in New York City.

Special operations officers could be seen grabbing the unidentified climber and pulling him into an opened window on the building’s 21st floor Wednesday evening.

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After he was hauled into the window onlookers gathered on the streets below the Fifth Avenue tower cheered.

Police say he’s now in custody. The NYPD said Thursday that the climber was 19-year-old Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Virginia. He was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.

Witnesses say the man started climbing Donald Trump’s namesake skyscraper at about 4 p.m. He was wearing a backpack and used suction cups, ropes and a harness to slowly climb the building from an outdoor terrace just a few floors up.

The tower is headquarters to the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign and his business empire. He also lives there.

Trump was not in the building.

 trump tower stretcherAt this point, little is known about the man, other than, according to local ABC affiliates, he told police and onlookers that his name was Steve and that he was from Virginia.

“Steve” was removed from the building on a stretcher.

During a press conference that followed the incident, NYPD officials confirmed that “Steve” posted a video to YouTube explaining why he did it.

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