WTC climber under arrest again after alleged Upper West Side building climb

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Friday, November 9, 2018
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Derick Waller reports on Justin Casquejo's legal battle.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A young man known on social media for his daredevil stunts has climbed his way into more trouble.

Justin Casquejo, 20, is in police custody after police say he was trying to pull off another stunt in Manhattan.

He's been on probation for the last year, but police say that didn't stop him from climbing another building under construction.

It happened Monday at a development called Waterline Square, a high rise condo on West 61st Street.

Police say once again he was out there with some friends dangling from a crane, all for internet fame.

Casquejo has posted video of previous climbs on YouTube.

He's done this a few times over the years, starting in 2014 when he was 16.

He squeezed past a fence at One World Trade Center, which was then under construction, and climbed to the 100th floor.

Last year, a judge sentenced the Weehawken man to three years probation for trespassing.

Now he's under arrest again, with his bail set at $5,000. He's due back in court on December 11th.

Casquejo claims the videos are part of a fundraiser so he can travel the world and create beautiful art, but now some of that money may have to go to legal bills.


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