The man who climbed Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, August 10, has been identified as 20-year-old Steve from Virginia, NYPD’s Manhattan South Chief William Morris confirmed during a press conference. His last name has yet to be released.
According to Morris, Steve climbed the building because he wanted to have a “personal meeting” with the Republican presidential nominee, but he had no intentions of hurting the controversial businessman.
Morris also confirmed that Steve is the same man in the eerie video posted to YouTube by user Leven Thumps. In the video — titled “Message to Mr. Trump (Why I Climbed Your Tower)" — Steve can be heard saying: “Excuse my manner of appearance … I would rather not be recognizable. I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter. I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request … believe me, if my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it … the reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention … I’ll get my contact information to your campaign so that if you are interested you can respond. … As for anyone else who is watching please help this video go viral … and be sure to get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election."
Steve, who started climbing the 58-story high building around 3:30 p.m. ET, was apprehended by NYPD Special Ops after almost 3 hours around the 20th floor. As previously reported, he was yanked into the building by NYPD after they removed various window panels.
Steve was removed from the scene on a stretcher and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychological evaluation. Charges against him have yet to be released.
Trump Organization executive vice president Michael Cohen told the New York Post in a statement: “This man performed a ridiculous and dangerous stunt. There’s damage to the building and he caused the unnecessary deployment of New York’s finest to protect his safety and the safety of everyone in the building. If Mr. Trump were here he’d be thanking law enforcement for the job they’re doing.”