Four thrill-seekers were taken into NYPD custody this Monday after allegedly planning to skydive off the One World Trade Center. While officials believe the perpetrators had no ill intentions, news of their entrance into the One World Trade Center has brought the issue of security back into the spotlight. If these four men were able to enter the premises undetected, what’s stopping other people from entering it as well?
Security cameras around the One World Trade Center captured footage of several figures wearing parachutes and black helmets walking away from the site on September 30th, 2013 around 3 a.m. The investigation grew cold as authorities had no leads to follow other than a nondescript surveillance clip showing the skydivers walking away.
On Monday, the four men believed to have performed the September 30th jump from the One World Trade Center walked into the local police department to turn themselves in. Marko Markovich, 27, Andrew Rossig, 33, Kyle Hartwell, 29, and James Brady, 32, were taken into custody on charges of burglary, reckless endangerment, and a third charge which prohibits skydiving from structures.
Police believe the four men gained entry to the One World Trade Center through a hole in one of the construction fences. Construction on the One World Trade Center began on April 27th, 2006 and is expected to open to the public later this summer. Brady, one of the men accused of jumping from the structure nearly 6 months ago, was a construction worker employed on One World Trade Center. According to authorities, he used his knowledge of the site to help the other three men bypass security.
News of the alleged skydivers’ arrest comes just one week after a teenage boy was arrested for eluding security and spending approximately 2 hours on top of the One World Trade Center.
“These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger. These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way. They will be tracked down and they will face serious charges. Being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law,” said NYPD Police Commission William Bratton.
NYPD, the Port Authority and security officers are on high alert following these recent security breaches. There’s currently a plan underway to create a system of barriers and checkpoints to further prevent such incidences from occurring.