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Video Shows Tourist Climbing Brooklyn Bridge to Take Photos, Police Say

By Irene Plagianos | August 25, 2014 11:51am
Man Arrested After Climbing Brooklyn Bridge
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BROOKLYN BRIDGE — A 24-year-old Russian tourist scaled the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday to snap iPhone photos "for fun" but was arrested after his climb — the second recent incident in which thrill seekers have scaled the famed span, police said.

Police said Yaroslav Kolchin managed to climb to the top of the bridge tower on the Brooklyn side Sunday about 12:15 p.m.

Police watched as the man walked back and forth on the tower landing and took some pictures with his iPhone.

Patrol, aviation, harbor and emergency service units quickly responded to the scene and captured dramatic video of the man's actions, police said.

After a couple of moments, the man began to walk down the cable towards the Brooklyn side of the bridge, where he was arrested.

Kolchin told police that he climbed the bridge "for fun," according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.

There were no injuries, police said.

Kolchin was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct in hazardous conditions and obstruction to governmental condition, police said.

He was being held on $5,000 bail after appearing in court Monday. Kolchin's next court date is set for Aug. 29.

The climb comes just a few weeks after white flags were raised on top of the towers. German artists have since claimed they were responsible for the overnight caper.

It remains unclear whether the artists will be charged.