Teen sneaks past guard to reach WTC spire

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  1. Nemo

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    http://nypost.com/2014/03/20/teen-sneaks-past-sleeping-wtc-guard-reaches-104th-floor/

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    https://twitter.com/JustinCasquejo

    A New Jersey teen captivated by 1 World Trade Center sneaked out of his home in the dead of night, got past the wall of security — and a sleeping guard — making it all the way up to the spire, The Post has learned.

    Scrawny 16-year-old Justin Casquejo crawled through a hole in a Ground Zero fence at about 4 a.m. Sunday and got a lift up the tower from a clueless union elevator operator, even though he had no ID.

    He was dropped off on the 88th floor and hiked the stairs up to the 104th floor — where a guard assigned to protect the top of the world’s biggest terror target was sound asleep.

    That guard has since been fired.

    Casquejo told cops he then climbed up to the roof and made it up to the antenna.

    After spending two glorious hours atop the nation’s tallest buildings snapping photos, the young daredevil was finally caught by a construction worker as he made his way back down.

    “He came here and he ran hog wild,†said a stunned WTC worker.


    Casquejo, who lives in Weehawken, NJ, laughed the whole thing off Wednesday afternoon when The Post asked him about his escapade.

    “Ha ha, oh yeah, that. Right. I would really love to talk to you guys because I have a lot that I want to say about it,†he said. “I was told that I just can’t [talk] without permission.â€

    But he summed up his adventure in a one-word tweet: “Inspired.â€

    Casquejo has long been a WTC buff. His Facebook page features photos of him posing with the building in the background.

    When cops questioned him, he bragged that he had little trouble getting past security at a building that was supposed to be cloaked in a “ring of steel.â€

    “I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop,†he said, according to court papers.

    Law-enforcement sources said Casquejo got into the heavily guarded site like a kid sneaking into an abandoned warehouse — though a crack in a barbed-wire fence.

    “He’s a skinny kid who got through a skinny hole,†the source said.

    The elevator operator who asked no questions while taking him skyward has since been reassigned — but got to keep his job because of his hardhat union. But the guard who was snoozing on the top floor wasn’t as lucky — he was immediately fired.


    Casquejo faces a charge of misdemeanor trespassing, but his adventure is an epic failure of at least four layers of security at the WTC site.

    The Port Authority Police Department, the NYPD and a private security company patrol the building perimeter. Another private company secures the interior.

    None of them would comment.
     
  2. RumBalls

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    Union elevator operator?

    What a fucking joke
     
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    Getting to Freedom Tower gets you arrested. What a country.
     
  4. Dump Button

    Dump Button Former Mall Security Guard

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    It looks like he has a touch of the gay based on some twitter photos :facepalm:
     
  5. HowieStearn

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    you'd think the union would give him a raise :dontknow:

    but its all good, now he has 'more time for his hobbies'
     
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    I guess the snoozing guard wasn't part of a union; too bad for him
     
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    I was just looking at his twitter feed and I sort of want to commit a hate crime now..
     
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    So basically, this kid proved that last night, someone could've brought the whole fucking tower down. :facepalm:
     
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    The 777 pilot and now this guy? Teh Gheys are out of control.
     
  11. Phillipmcd

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    And now it's world news.
     
  12. Mr. Potato Head

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    Cue bro to say how great unions are...
     
  13. Mr. Potato Head

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    :jj: Pretty much. Glad we learned our lesson.
     
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    Look, it wasn't his fault. The union member in charge of checking ID's called out sick and left the poor union elevator in the lurch by himself.
     
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    Yeah, a backpack full of explosives would probably do it.
     
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    Your overuse of the face palm has caused it to lose any effectiveness.

    Tell us all how a teen with a backpack is gonna bring down the most secure skyscraper ever built?
     
  17. CaptainFrank

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    You aren't from NY are you... nothing gets down in NYC without an elevator... you want your equipment brought up 70 stories, you better tip the elevator guy who runs the freight elevator....or else your movers will be sitting on the ground all day and all night.
     
  18. Lemmy

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    I beg to differ on the "most secure" part. Did you read the story?
     
  19. Lester

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    The elevator guy was probably making $75-$100 an hour too.
     
  20. CaptainFrank

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    It's not even open yet...