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Four Men Arraigned for BASE Jump from WTC Captured on Helmet Cam: VIDEO


Four men turned themselves in to police on Monday for a September 30 night jump from 1 World Trade Center, which they captured on helmet cam and posted to YouTube.

The NY Daily News reports:

The Daily News reported exclusively in its Monday editions the identities of the men who parachuted off the tower on Sept. 30, an act that initially sparked fears of terrorism at the nation’s tallest building.

James Brady, 32, Andrew Rossig, 33, Marco Markovich, 27, and the lookout, Kyle Hartwell, 29, were charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure, cops said.

They were arraigned Monday night and released on $3,500 bail.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross called their actions “utter recklessness” conducted in an “organized fashion.”

The skydivers say that if the video becomes popular on YouTube and pulls in some money, they will donate the proceeds to a charity for families of 9/11 victims, Rossig’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told The News. “This was never intended to be a publicity stunt,” Parlatore added. “However, since the police department has turned it into something of a spectacle, the defendants are hoping the video can be used for some good.”

Watch the astonishing video, AFTER THE JUMP...

The incident has turned the spotlight on lax security at 1 World Trade Center, just days after a teen was arrested after crawling through a broken fence, bypassing an "inattentive" guard on Sunday and climbing to the top of the tower.

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  1. Morons.

    Posted by: Sergio | Mar 25, 2014 10:50:34 AM

  2. True - they are morons.

    But I am tired of hearing that this building is somehow sacred. That the families of those who died on 9/11 are describing this stupid stunt as disrespectful is more of a publicity play than the base jump.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Mar 25, 2014 10:58:23 AM

  3. Okay, I am NOT donating money for their defense council. Don't even ask.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 25, 2014 11:04:16 AM

  4. there isnt enough money printed to get me to do that. omg.

    Posted by: puggleboy | Mar 25, 2014 11:04:43 AM

  5. Pretty damned cool and those guys got some major cojones to do that! And to those who claim this stunt is "disrespectful" of those who died on 9/11, um, can we move on now?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 25, 2014 12:40:15 PM

  6. Are they going to attack the building with chisels or something? 9/11 this is not.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 25, 2014 1:04:16 PM

  7. Never intended for it to be a publicity stunt but they were wearing helmet cams and posted the jump on YouTube. My advice: be ready to spend some time in jail gentlemen and whatever you do, don't ask for a jury trial.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Mar 25, 2014 1:37:30 PM

  8. *getting there first

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 25, 2014 4:11:13 PM

  9. What these guys did wasn't legal, and they endangered the lives of the people and drivers on the street below, in addition to themselves. But the WTC security situation is staggeringly deficient. I've read they walked through a hole in a fence covered by a tarp. Port Authority security deserves more negative attention. How are they getting this so wrong as to be thwarted now by four young men and a teenage boy?

    This is a site that's considered a potential terrorist threat. A lot of money was paid out to security consultants, reviews, systems, personnel. It takes an hour just to go through airport-style security to get into the memorial. And someone left a hole in a fence unrepaired or unguarded? Really? Well, the skydivers will pay fines and possibly do time, but that needs to happen with Port Authority officials who fell down on their jobs.

    The jumpers need to face the consequences, but in addition to their penalties, maybe we should also give them a medal for getting their first, before someone with a bomb found that hole in the fence.

    Btw -- amazing.

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 25, 2014 4:15:26 PM

  10. My guess is that they are being prosecuted due to the embarrassment of the lax security becoming obvious to the general public - just like that 16 year old kid who snook in and hung out for a couple of hours at the top.

    Contrary to how it is being spun, it does not look like they endangered anyone. I'm sure they made sure it was a windless night, and the landing area had hardly any traffic on it. They could see what was there more than adequately.

    I'd say give them a $100 fine on general principles and then drop the matter as being too inconsequential - a de minimis violation, as in the Latin phrase "De minimis non curat lex."

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 25, 2014 7:01:44 PM

  11. And somehow, Andy thinks it's cool to have a surfing video playing along side!

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Mar 25, 2014 8:00:22 PM

  12. Breathtaking footage. Amazing. Gutsy.

    Posted by: Redhook | Mar 26, 2014 1:17:38 AM

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