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Tower-Climbing Teen Arrested Again for Scaling Murray Hill Skyscraper

By Shaye Weaver | June 2, 2017 12:31pm | Updated on June 4, 2017 5:42pm
 Justin Casquejo started posting videos and Instagram photos of him scaling buildings in Manhattan several years after he was busted for sneaking past security and climbing atop One World Trade Center.
Justin Casquejo started posting videos and Instagram photos of him scaling buildings in Manhattan several years after he was busted for sneaking past security and climbing atop One World Trade Center.
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MURRAY HILL — A teenage daredevil who was busted in 2014 for climbing the World Trade Center was arrested again this week for climbing the Paramount Tower on 39th Street near Second Avenue, police said.

Justin Casquejo, 19, scaled the 52-story building and hung off its edge on Thursday night around 9 p.m., police said.

When he climbed down, police arrested him and charged him with criminal trespassing and reckless endangerment, they said.

The Paramount's management company did not immediately return a call for comment.

Casquejo's YouTube and Instagram accounts chronicle his other climbing exploits, including a short film uploaded May 22 which shows him scaling a tower near Central Park and hanging off its top.

The New Jersey resident has been arrested multiple times, including once for climbing to the top of the World Trade Center in 2014 and again for scaling towers over Central Park, Times Square, Lower Manhattan and atop the George Washington Bridge last year, according to police. 

He was already due back in court for a previous arrest on June 15, court records show.

His attorney said he could not comment on Casquejo's latest climb because he had not seen the criminal complaint Friday morning.

"We look forward to addressing the charges in court after the district attorney has drafted the criminal complaint and we have reviewed the allegations," said attorney Jeremy Saland.