BASE Jumpers Caught After Parachuting off New York Freedom Tower

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BASE Jumpers Caught After Parachuting off New York Freedom Tower
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You jump off the Freedom Tower, you go in the grinder. 

Four men who BASE jumped off New York’s Freedom Tower (1 World Trade Center) six months ago are expected to turn themselves in Thursday after police discovered evidence linking them to the illegal act.

Shayna Jacobs, Rocco Parascandola and Tina Moore of the New York Daily News report that Andrew Rossig, James Brady, Kyle Hartwell and Marco Markovich will be charged with burglary and possibly other crimes for sneaking past security measures and jumping off the roof of the 105-floor tower in the early morning of September 30, 2013. The roof level is 1,368 feet high.

According to the report, three of the men jumped while Hartwell acted as a lookout on the ground. The jumpers documented their feat with GoPro cameras and, after a successful jump, posted the footage to YouTube.

Warning: Video contains NSFW language.

The video has accrued over 300,000 views in the six months since the jump and will likely be a deciding factor in the men’s convictions.

Authorities acting on a search warrant recently recovered video copies of the stunt at the daredevils’ homes—discoveries which led to their agreement to turn themselves in to NYPD’s First Precinct.

The attorney of one jumper told the Daily News that his client hadn’t meant to hurt anyone with his stunt.

“My client intended no harm,” said Andrew Mancilla, attorney to James Brady. “There was no harm caused and he wants nothing more than to put this behind him.”

 

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