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Published: Mon, August 15, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Virginia man hospitalized day after Trump Tower escapade


- Tom (@Adverplanner) August 10, 2016He looks EXACTLY like someone who would climb Trump Tower using suction cups.

He was able to reach the 21st story of the 58-story tower on Fifth Avenue before being pulled inside by police officers.

At the end of the video, he tells people to vote for the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Special operations officers could be seen grabbing the unidentified climber and pulling him into an opened window on the building's 21st floor Wednesday evening. As of Wednesday night, the man remained hospitalized but upon discharge, would be arrested and most likely charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, police said.

In the video, he discusses wanting to meet Trump, and says he is a "private researcher".

The tower is both headquarters to Trump's campaign and his business empire.

According to a police report in Fairfax County, Virginia, the climber's parents reported him missing in November 2014 after he ran away from home - with plans to live on the streets of Miami - before he agreed to return the next day.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Rogata kept his distance by methodically working his way back-and-forth across the facade, repeatedly repositioning suction cups resembling a type commonly used by window washers to remove big panes of glass. He often shifted his route in what appeared to be attempts to get around the police officers who stood at the windows above him. Steve said it was in Trump's interest to honor this request.

Police officers smashed windows and broke through a ventilation duct in an attempt to block his progress.

Trump commented on the incident in a tweet.

Chief Vincent Giordano, commander of NYPD emergency services, said authorities took the first calls about the man at about 3:30 p.m. and thought they were responding to a case of a jumper. During his ascent, he reportedly dropped a flier that directed people to a YouTube video, which explained why he climbed the tower.

The NYPD said Thursday that the climber was 19-year-old Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Virginia. "I'm 100% certain the NYPD had better things to do".

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