Man threatens to jump from Trump Tower Chicago ‘unless allowed to speak with President Trump’
Multiple videos and photos shared on social media show a man dangling on a rope around the 16th floor of the 98-story Trump Tower in Chicago on Sunday night.
The man is said to be in his 20s and has been dangling from the balcony in a climbing harness since around 5:30pm, demanding “to speak to the president” and “to get his message to the media,” the Chicago Sun Times reports, citing Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern.
#ChicagoThe man dangling from Trump Tower is reported to be an Asian-American male in his early-20s.He is threatening to cut the rope if he does not get to speak with Donald Trump. SWAT Negotiators are on scene now. Large perimeter with several emergency crews standing by. https://t.co/ptaDt6bktQ— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) October 19, 2020
Multiple officers, SWAT agents, and firefighters are at the scene with a police negotiator trying to get the man down.
SWAT Team Negotiators continue their dialog with the individual who is suspended from the 16th Floor landing of Trump Tower— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) October 19, 2020
#ChicagoLIVESTREAM from across the street of Trump Tower in Chicago, where police SWAT Negotiators continue to speak with the young man dangling from a rope. He’s threatened to jump if he does not speak with President Trump.Credit: Bret Miller (Youtube)https://t.co/ylW7LnFbAshttps://t.co/kFBcDtjjPspic.twitter.com/YlZTq0GUr1— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) October 19, 2020
Authorities cordoned off the area as a crowd of onlookers gathered across the street.
The man was taken into custody shortly before 7am local time on Monday, after over 13 hours of negotiations with police. There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
UPDATE: Situation resolved peacefully by Negotiators. Suspect in custody. No injuries.— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) October 19, 2020
It is unclear what kind of "message" the man was seeking to deliver. President Trump was in Nevada on Sunday, holding a re-election rally in Carson City at 4pm local time, as part of his busy campaign schedule ahead of the November 3 election.
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