NEW YORK (AFP) – A French tourist was arrested Sunday for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge, apparently to take photos, police said, in the latest such incident at the iconic New York landmark.
The man, identified as Yonathan Souid, 23, from Esnandes in southwestern France, faces charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing.
He was arrested after jumping a fence and climbing up a beam on the famous bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, a police spokesman told AFP.
The incident occurred around 12:30 pm (1730 GMT).
Souid climbed back down at the request of a patrol officer who saw him and was detained.
He was due to be formally charged Monday, said a spokesman from the Brooklyn prosecutor’s office, who added that he would remain in custody Sunday night.
“The Brooklyn Bridge must not be trespassed upon, no matter who does it or for any reason,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.