Punishment for Brooklyn Bridge Climber: Cleaning It?

Judge sees jail time as inappropriate for accused tourist Yaroslav Kolchin

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 31, 2014 5:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – For a Russian tourist who's accused of climbing the Brooklyn Bridge, the punishment may fit the crime. Prosecutors suggested a deal involving 90 days in jail for Yaroslav Kolchin, but judge ShawnDya L. Simpson doesn't think that's a great idea. Instead, she suggested he be required to clean the bridge, CBS New York reports. "This young man has no record," Simpson said. "It may not have been the smartest thing to do, but malicious? I don't think so."

Kolchin, police say, ascended a cable beam; after reaching a landing, he began snapping pictures. A helicopter was deployed to get him down, CBS notes; boats were also summoned, the New York Times reports. When the helicopter approached, Kolchin reportedly headed back down. "If he likes the Brooklyn Bridge so much, let him clean the bridge. I don't know, work it out," Simpson said. Mayor Bill de Blasio said, per the Times, that "the (city) response was very, very quick." However, it cost police some $7,400, prosecutors note.

Yaroslav Kolchin is arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Brooklyn, NY.
Yaroslav Kolchin is arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Brooklyn, NY.   (AP Photo/The Daily News, Alec Tabak, Pool)
Early morning fog blankets the Brooklyn Bridge, Saturday, May 10, 2014, in New York.
Early morning fog blankets the Brooklyn Bridge, Saturday, May 10, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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