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NYPD Snatches 'Spiderman' From Side Of Trump Tower

The drama was over at 6:34 p.m. Photo Credit: ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Channel 7 followed the drama live, as did various other media outlets. Photo Credit: ABC7 Eyewitness News
A Twitter photo of man climbing Trump Tower with suction cups. Photo Credit: Effortlessly Kayne@actuallycanon
Man Attempts to Climb Trump Tower in NYC - Climber scaling Trump Tower in NYC
Man Attempts to Climb Trump Tower in NYC - Climber scaling Trump Tower in NYC Video Credit: Donald Trump Speeches & Events 2.0

UPDATE: NYPD emergency services officers snatched a man off the side of Trump Tower nearly three hours after he began climbing it using large suction cups Wednesday afternoon.

Onlookers below cheered -- and an untold number monitored the drama online and on local TV -- quickly yanked him inside at 6:34 p.m.

Daily Voice found a YouTube video posted Tuesday by the climber, whom the NYPD identified as Stephen Rogata of Virginia: Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)

Police earlier broke out windows, draped moving blankets and talked with the long-haired, mutton-chopped climber, who wore a baseball cap, green t-shirt, gym shorts and rock-climbing shoes and carried a backpack.

They then began lowering a window-washing scaffold with officers inside, blocking his path, but then lifted it up and brought it down the side of the building next to him. They also inflated a large cushion on the street below him.

The climber boosted himself using color-coded straps after fastening and tightening the five cups, which ordinarily are used to move enormous panes of glass.

He was still slowly ascending the 58-story tower, having reached the 19th floor just before 6 p.m., after beginning his climb on the 5th-floor atrium around 3:45 p.m.

At that point, the officers maneuvered a scaffold and removed a large pane of glass as the man approached, then grabbed him and pulled him inside.

Rush-hour traffic was jammed as onlookers gathered. Both Fifth Avenue and 56th Street were closed.

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