Trump Tower climber arrested, charged with endangerment, trespassing

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The man who used suction cups to climb the south side of the Trump Tower building in Manhattan Wednesday has been arrested and charged.

Stephen Rogata, 19, of Great Falls, Virginia, has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.

Rogata, claiming to be a researcher seeking "a private audience" with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, spent three hours scaling the glass facade of Trump Tower using large suction cups before officers hauled him to safety through an open window.

Here are photos showing the climber:

Officials said he took his father's car and drove to New York Tuesday night. Rogata checked into the Bowery Grand Hotel at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Rogata wore a backpack and used a harness and rope stirrups to fasten himself to the side of the 68-story Manhattan skyscraper. Starting at 3 p.m., he climbed as high as the 21st floor before officers grabbed him. He is undergoing a psychological evaluation at Bellevue hospital.

Rogata was known as Michael Joseph Ryan, but recently changed his name and had new identification with him. It is unclear if Rogata is his legal name.

While he was climbing, Rogata had a notepad he was trying to show in the windows and leaflets in his backpack apparently referencing what police believe is his YouTube page. He dropped the pad as well as an electronic computer during the climb. Rogata also had multiple identifications, which are part of the investigation into possible mental illness.

The tower is headquarters to Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign and his business empire. Trump also lives there, though he was in Virginia in the afternoon and was headed to Florida for an evening event.

Rogata played a slow-motion cat-and-mouse game with his would-be rescuers as he climbed
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