The Latest: Teen who scaled Trump Tower had problems at home

The Latest: Teen who scaled Trump Tower had problems at home


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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a teenager who scaled the Trump Tower while seeking "a private audience" with Donald Trump (all times local):

6 p.m.

A Virginia teenager who climbed partway up Trump Tower in New York City had a history of problems at home.

A police report says he ran away from home in 2014 after arguing with his parents about his obsession with a political blog.

His parents told police he was spending too much time on the blog and neglecting his schoolwork. They said he was planning to travel to Miami to live on the streets.

The teenager was identified as 19-year-old Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Virginia. He remained under psychiatric evaluation at a hospital Thursday, a day after he was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment. He told police he wanted to meet with Trump.

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10:45 a.m.

The New York Police Department has identified the man who scaled the glass facade of the Trump Tower using large suction cups.

The NYPD said Thursday that the climber was 19-year-old Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Virginia. He was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.

Police had previously said he was 20.

The man had said he was seeking "a private audience" with Donald Trump, though it's not clear what he wanted to discuss. He spent hours scaling the building Wednesday before police grabbed him through a window on the 21st floor.

The tower is headquarters to Trump's Republican presidential campaign and his business empire. Trump also lives there, though he was away Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear if Rogata has an attorney.

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2:40 a.m.

A man seeking "a private audience" with Donald Trump spent hours scaling the glass facade of Trump Tower using large suction cups before police officers grabbed him and hauled him to safety through an open window.

Police have identified the climber as a 20-year-old Virginia man and say he's being evaluated at a hospital.

He wore a backpack and used a harness and rope stirrups to fasten himself to the side of the 58-story Manhattan skyscraper on Wednesday. He climbed as high as the 21st floor before officers grabbed him.

The tower is headquarters to Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign and his business empire. Trump also lives there, although he was away Wednesday.

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This item has been corrected to show the tower is 58 stories, not 68.

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