Russian tourist arrested for scaling Brooklyn Bridge

Aug 26, 2014

24-year old Yaroslav Kolchin was charged with criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and other crimes after police said he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and snapped photos with his phone. Video: Reuters

The Russian tourist arrested while scaling the Brooklyn Bridge appeared in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Monday.

24-year old Yaroslav Kolchin was charged with criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and other crimes after police said he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday4) and snapped photos with his phone.

During the eight minute hearing, a judge ordered Kolchin to surrender his Russian passport and to be held on $5,000 bail.

Kolchin appeared to wipe away tears as a Russian interpreter helped Kolchin understand the proceedings.

Assistant District Attorney Laurie Cartwright said Kolchin told police he "did it for fun".

Kolchin's lawyer Paul Liu said his client was in New York with a tour group and the rest of the group has returned to Russia.

Police say Kolchin ascended a support beam connected to the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, which stands about 84 metres above water.

The incident prompted a response from police teams on the ground as well as from the harbor and aviation unit.

Sunday's climb comes weeks after another high-profile stunt on the bridge, when someone apparently scaled the span and swapped out two American flags with white flags.

Two German artists have said they carried out that stunt.

Kolchin's next court appearance is scheduled for August 29th.

Reuters

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