4 arrested in Freedom Tower BASE jump amid growing security concerns

NEW YORK (PIX11) - James Brady and Andrew Rossig walked out of their attorney’s Midtown office shortly before 2 p.m. and from there they headed straight to the 1st precinct.

It was rather ironic to see them opt for the elevators, which of course was significantly different from the method they used to get down from the World Trade Center last September after sneaking to the top.  That is when Rossig along with Brady and another buddy, Marco Markovich, allegedly base-jumped off the top of the nation’s tallest building.  Rossig’s attorney Tim Parlatore categorized the stunt simply as, “This is his hobby.  He likes the adrenaline of skydiving, base-jumping, he’s been doing this quite a while, legally jumping out of airplanes, off of cliffs, things of that nature.”

However, the hobby comes at the expense of handcuffs and a face-to-face with a Manhattan judge, who coincidentally, will be able to see the entire act on video since the adrenaline junkies captured it on GoPro.  In fact, Parlatore compared the jumpers to those who fight terrorism, “If you saw the video, any of the videos from the… like the Navy Seals leapfrog demonstration team, it looks very similar to that. They’re very professional, very controlled.”

WTC jumper charges

Three jumpers and a lookout now face charges in the stunt.

They also had help on the ground in the the form of alleged lookout man Kyle Hartwell.  The three base jumpers allegedly gained access by sneaking through a hole in the fence around the site’s perimeter, once through, the trio were shocked as to how easy it was to gain access to the World Trade Center, “It was one of the first things my client said to me, how surprised he was as at how, there was no security whatsoever, just how easy it was to walk right up there,” said Parlatore.

So how did they get to the very top, more than 100 stories in all?

“Stairway, walked just right up,” said Parlatore.

That’s right, they allegedly used the stairs. Now they have a different uphill challenge, the law. They plan on pleading not guilty according to Parlatore.

On the elevator ride down from their attorney’s office on Monday, PIX 11 spoke with Brady and Rossig about having to turn themselves in ahead of schedule.

“We just want to cooperate at this time,” said Brady.  When asked if that means with the Port Authority? The NYPD? The DA’s office? Brady simply said, “The law.”

Rossig expressed that his intentions were the “same.”

One interesting note, the four were  scheduled to turn themselves in on later in the week after making an arrangement with authorities, however Parlatore said it all changed once reports of the security breach surfaced,  “We had originally worked out a deal with the police department where the clients were going to be surrendering on Thursday morning.  I just got a call a few minutes ago that that the police department had reneged on that and they want them to surrender by 5 o’clock today.”

 

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