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
Cops: Disturbed Man Entered Trump Tower
Tourists, pedestrians, and security gather in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(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.

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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. (Read more Trump Tower stories.)

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