Teen gains access to, climb to top of 1 World Trade Center

Matt Kozar reports on how a teenager was able to gain access to 1 World Trade Center in the middle of the night
March 20, 2014 5:48:54 AM PDT
A New Jersey teenager who was apparently obsessed with 1 World Trade Center managed to gain access to the building in the middle of the night, climb to the top and take pictures, according to Port Authority police.

Sixteen-year-old Justin Casquejo, of Weehawken, is charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

He allegedly broke in around 4 a.m. Sunday. He had no identification, but may have been dressed like a construction worker.

Police say he accessed 1 World Trade Center, and an elevator operator took him to 88th floor. He then climbed to 104th floor and walked past a sleeping guard. That guard has since been fired.

Authorities say he climbed through a hole about 1 foot by 1 foot to reach unaccessable areas.

The teen apparently had little trouble getting past security. He was stopped by another construction worker as he attempted to leave the building, and police were called.

"We take security and these types of infractions extremely seriously and will prosecute violators," Port Authority Chief Joseph Dunne said. "We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible."

Casquejo was detained by Port Authority police officers responding to a report of a unauthorized person on the site.

Casquejo was in possession of a camera and a cell phone and had apparently taken pictures from the top of the building, where he stayed for about two hours.

Port Authority officials said the breach and security at the site are all under investigation.

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