Freedom Tower BASE Jump | Video
Watch the Freedom Tower BASE Jump Everyone's Talking About
Three guys jumped off the Freedom Tower in NYC last September, and a video posted this week shows the daredevils' stunt — which has since led to their arrest. Jumpers Andrew Rossig, James Brady, and Marco Markovich parachuted off the skyscraper on Sept. 30, climbing the stairs to the top of the 1,776-foot tower while a fourth friend kept watch below. Rossig's lawyer has stated that the men didn't run into any security guards, sparking debate about the appropriate level of security at the building. That night, after they opened their parachutes and landed on West Street, a Goldman Sachs security guard called the police, but they weren't immediately found. In January, detectives identified a few of the men and found GoPro cameras with footage of the jumps.
On Thursday, all four men were charged with burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure, and Rossig's attorney stated, "No one was harmed except for Port Authority whose lack of security was exposed." For his part, Rossig said, "We just kind of walked in. It's supposed to be the most secure building in the world. God forbid it was somebody else getting in there with a real intention to harm New Yorkers." Of the jump, he called it "exhilarating," saying, "You really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective."
The group's jumping video comes just days after a New Jersey teenager was arrested for heading to the top of the Freedom Tower in the middle of the night and taking pictures. Sixteen-year-old Justin Casquejo crawled through a hole in the fence at the site, then took an elevator to the 88th floor with an elevator operator before climbing the stairs to the 104th floor and making his way to the antenna. When he left two hours later, he was spotted by a construction worker and taken into custody, charged with misdemeanor trespassing.