Robert Dominic Ventre II
Staff WriterJustin Casquejo, the young parkour aficionado responsible for breaching 1 World Trade Center security, has been officially charged and released. Despite having two police departments and two private security companies patrolling the building's interior and exterior, Casquejo was able to slip by with relative ease, even taking an elevator manned by an operator who did not ask for identification, as well as bypassing an "inattentive" (possibly snoozing) guard. Said guard has since been let go. In Casquejo's own words: "I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the 6th floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. I then took the staircase up to 104th (floor). I went to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna." Further reports state that Casquejo and several friends, all part of a loose stunt group they call "Team Destiny," had visited the site on at least three occasions before this week, hoping to find a weakness in its security. According to Casquejo's friend, Steven Peralta: “We planned it. We knew it was going to be under construction. The first time we saw security everywhere.” Another friend of the brash young daredevil said, “He only got caught because his phone made a flash. He’s very, very adventurous. He’s my hero. He showed the holes in security." Hopefully Casquejo's infiltration will prompt security at 1 WTC to tighten up a bit. The story of Casquejo's exploits have made their rounds across the Internet, though unfortunately for us, his camera and cell phone have been confiscated and searched - meaning we will likely never see the images he captured after reaching the Freedom Tower antenna. We do, however, have an image that shows just how far Casquejo is willing to go to get the most impressive shot possible: here. Casquejo was released without bail just after midnight this past Monday, after being charged with one count of trespassing and one count of third-degree criminal trespassing.
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