MANHATTAN, N.Y. – The young daredevil who climbed the 58-story Trump Tower several floors using suction cups – and drove the internet into a frenzy – was charged Thursday and being held at Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Twenty-year-old Stephen Rogota from Virginia was taken into police custody near the 21st floor Wednesday evening after a spectacular climbing display at the presidential candidate's campaign headquarters that caught eyeballs throughout the U.S.
He is being charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, police announced Thursday.
Across social media, the phrase "Steve from Virginia" was trending during the hourslong ordeal. The crowd assembled at the tower's base kept chanting "Steve" and "Let's go Steve" in almost unanimous support of his escapade.
During the ordeal, a video surfaced on YouTube titled "Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)" that shows a man explaining why he decided to scale the tower. The authenticity of the video has not been confirmed, but was widely shared Wednesday. He said in the video that he wanted to get Trump's attention, and that he supports him.
Donald Trump, who was not home at the time, tweeted Wednesday night applauding the NYPD for their effort.
"Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the climber," Trump wrote.
Charges for Rogota are pending, but the NYPD said they could come Thursday.
PIX11 web producers Andrea Cavalier and Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.