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Man Eludes Security, Climbs NY Times Building

nytb.jpgPolice said another man scaled a portion of The New York Times’ 52-story headquarters in Manhattan early Wednesday morning. He was brought down at around 5:20 a.m. and taken away in an ambulance.

The suspect managed to keep authorities at bay for four hours.

Police said the man climbed the Eighth Avenue side of the building and had reached at least the 11th floor. They said he was spotted about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The intersection at 40th Street and 8th Avenue was closed because of the incident.

The climber identified himself to The Daily News as David Malone, a 29-year-old Connecticut man who dropped out from the University of Michigan.

Malone told the paper he wanted to study al Qaeda.

The climber hung a white banner with two pictures, one of President Bush, the other of Osama bin Laden. It also had red peel-off stickers on which references to the Islamic terror leader were written.

Police and fire department members set up an air mattress outside the building, and convinced Malone to climb down.

New York Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said modifications were made to the building and additional security was added after two climbers managed to scale the building June 5.

This was the third time such a stunt has happened in just a few weeks.

(Source: CBS2 HD)

4 Responses

  1. i heard our good buddy from vienna (i actually forgot his name — lucky me) is going to climb up the “der yid” tower next week!

    lets go there and arrange for him to fall into the bqe.

    we’ll station hazalah (chaverim?) on the highway with a set of mattresses.

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