A man has scaled the Trump Tower in Chicago, allegedly demanding to speak with the president and threatening to cut his rope and jump if not allowed to get his “message” out.
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.
Situation at the Chicago Trump tower. Man dangling on rope off balcony. Unknown intentions. Police/Fire rescue on scene..@WGNTV@ChicagoBreaking@firstname.lastname@example.org/6HAJmMF6a8
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
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
#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
Authorities cordoned off the area as a crowd of onlookers gathered across the street.
UPDATE: It’s now going on about 4 hours of negotiations. Man is still hanging on ledge, taking to police. CFD & SWAT personnel also on scene. @cbschicagopic.twitter.com/Ki6erIgR4l
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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