Cops: Disturbed Man Entered Trump Tower
He said he'd just gotten a call from Trump
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2016 8:45 AM CST
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Tourists, pedestrians, and security gather in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The security challenges of having a president-elect who lives at the top of a publicly accessible skyscraper were highlighted Friday night when a man described by police as "emotionally disturbed" was arrested at Trump Tower. The man, identified as Roosevelt Pleas, entered the Fifth Avenue building at 10:30pm and aroused suspicions during the Secret Service security screening when he told agents he had just gotten a call from Donald Trump and needed to speak to him straight away, the New York Daily News reports.

The agents contacted police officers on duty in the building and the 26-year-old was taken into custody for a psychiatric exam. The New York Post reports that a record check found that Pleas was wanted for failing to answer a court summons in Brooklyn. Pleas did not have a weapon and posed no threat to Trump, authorities say. A law enforcement source tells CNN that to protect Trump and his family, who plan to spend a lot of time in New York even after he becomes president, the Secret Service is considering renting an entire floor at Trump Tower to serve as a command post. The rent would be around $1.5 million a year—and it would be paid to the Trump Corporation.
 

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