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Pictured: Virginia Teen Who Traveled to New York to Scale Trump Tower


The climber who scaled the outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan has been identified as Michael Joseph Ryan, 19, from Virginia.

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His family lives about 20 miles from Washington, D.C. and he traveled to the city to climb the tower.

The slow-motion drama started around 3:30 p.m., as he ascended using suction cups that he apparently purchased for around a $100 each.

It turned into a game of cat and mouse but after three hours, police finally pulled him into a window they broke on the 21st floor.

Officer Christopher Williams, who grabbed the climber, told reporters: “I reached out. I took hold of his hand and I said, 'Sir, would you come with me.'”

NYPD Assistant Chief William Aubrey added: “At no time did he express that he wanted to hurt anybody.”

He was removed from the building on a stretcher and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a mental evaluation and has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.

The suction cups that the Trump Tower climber used have an unbelievable sticking power.

The $200-a-cup used a pump on the handle that pushes air out of the suction cup to give it more grip.

The suction cups can hold between 150-175 pounds. 

However, they do not work in water. If it began raining on Wednesday afternoon as the man climbed the building, he could have lost grip and fallen down.

Read: Man Scaling Trump Tower With Suction Cups Hauled Inside By Police: Wanted 'Personal Meeting' With Trump

In a bizarre video posted to YouTube before his climb, he revealed he's a Trump supporter who climbed the building to get the real estate tycoon’s attention.

Donald Trump, who works and lives in the Fifth Avenue skyscraper, tweeted a thank you to the NYPD for its response.



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