Real-Life Spider-Man Climbs Trump Tower

He was arrested at the 21st floor
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2016 4:18 PM CDT
Real-Life Spider-Man Climbs Trump Tower
New York Police officers struggle as they pull a man through a window as he scaled the east side of Trump Tower using suction cups on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – A real-life Spider-Man was spotted Wednesday afternoon scaling the side of Trump Tower in New York City, ABC News reports. A witness says the wall-crawler was using some sort of device made out of five suction cups. According to CBS New York, the man started climbing from an outdoor terrace around 4pm local time and was avoiding police on his way up. Officers finally snagged the man by breaking out a window on the 21st floor around 6:30pm. He was removed from Trump Tower on a stretcher having climbed 16 stories up the side of the building.

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Trump lives inside the 58-story Trump Tower and has his campaign headquarters there, reports NBC New York. He was not in the building when the man started his climb and did not appear to be a target. "This is clearly a stunt guy," an official tells ABC. “The guy doesn’t appear to be here to do anything evil." While police haven't given a motivation for the man's climb, he was carrying leaflets officials characterized as self-promotion. (Read more New York City stories.)

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