Brooklyn Bridge News 2014: French Tourist Arrested After Climbing New York City Bridge
On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16, a French tourist that the New York Police Department has identified as 23-year-old Yonathan Souid, had been arrested after scaling Brooklyn Bridge in a failed attempt to capture snapshots, according to the NY Daily News. Reports show that Souid was apprehended after he was spotted atop one of the cables leading to one of the famous span's towers.
The NY Daily News claims that NYPD said that Souid, donning a blue hoodie, mounted over a 4-feet tall gated enclosure on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge before he sauntered up a beam 20 feet above Manhattan-bound traffic during rush hour, and began to take photos while "standing on the northern-most cable on the Brooklyn side" around 12:29 p.m., according to reports.
Hailing from Esnandes, France, the daredevil was later detained and was in custody at the 84th Precinct stationhouse in Downtown Brooklyn and may be arraigned for criminal trespass. According the Associated Press, this incident comes only seven months after two German artists swapped Old Glory for new white flags. A Russian "adrenaline junkie" and sightseer was also apprehended after scaling atop of one of the towers in August, prompting Mayor de Blasio to mandate a review of security procedures.
According to the Gothamist, the Frenchman is being indicted with "second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and for a violating a city statute which prohibits 'climbing, jumping or suspending oneself from structures prohibited,' all misdemeanors. His bail has been set at $15,000 bond or $7,000 cash, and he has surrendered his passport." CBS News reports that Souid was also subjected to a perp walk Sunday evening.
The Washington Square Journal reports that James Medows, Souid's attorney said that his client did act like a "foolish tourist" and was apologetic "for any uproar that he caused the City of New York." The publication also noted that Souid told NYPD that he intended to capture photos for a French web-based newspaper
"If you're going to point fingers, also point them at the NYPD. This is not the first time someone has climbed the Brooklyn Bridge," Medows said. "More security should be in place so another tourist doesn't do this again."