Photos of suspected Trump Tower parachuting trio released
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 20, 2013 5:14AM
Police released this image of one of the suspected parachute jumpers from the Trump Tower.
Updated: July 22, 2013 6:43PM
The three people who leaped from the top of the Trump International Hotel and Tower early Thursday used stairs to reach the top of the 92-story skyscraper and may have covered the lenses of hotel security cameras to conceal their midnight jump, a law enforcement source said.
Surveillance photographs issued as part of a police community alert Thursday show three males — one appearing to carry a large duffel bag — climbing the stairs.
The jumpers leaped from the building at 401 N. Wabash around 12:30 a.m., deploying parachutes, police said.
The trio used a “cutting device” to destroy the locks to gain access, police said. Including its spire, the Trump Tower’s official height is listed at 1,389 feet, making it the second-tallest building in North America and 12th-tallest in the world. The roof tops out at 1,116 feet, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
No injuries were reported, and the three base jumpers managed to get away. No descriptions of suspects were immediately available.
“We don’t have anybody in custody,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Thursday at an unrelated news conference. “We’re looking to determine what happened, who did it, and when appropriate, we’ll make arrests.”
The break-in alarmed at least one resident. “It’s a bit unnerving and disappointing because the attraction for a lot of us is the security,” said the resident, who didn’t want his name used. “There are a lot of famous people in the building. It’s known for having a lot of security and for being a safe place to live. It’s unnerving to know that three strangers were able to enter the building and reach restricted-access areas.”
A spokeswoman for the hotel said there were no immediate plans to release a statement about the incident.
A man who was doing metal re-finishing work on the Wabash side of the hotel early Thursday said he’d gone to a nearby convenience store about 12:30 a.m., and then returned to find police and security searching the hotel grounds and a nearby parking garage.
“I thought, what the hell is going on?” said the worker, who didn’t want his name used.
The man said the search went on for at least two hours and involved an extensive check of the nearby parking garage.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 312-747-8380.
In 2010, BASE jumpers — people who jump from buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (typically cliffs) — took off from Trump Tower as part of the filming for “Transformers 3.”
Contributing: Mitch Dudek, Sun-Times Media Wire