Teen Who Sneaked Into WTC Tweets Apology: I Meant No Disrespect | NBC New York

Teen Who Sneaked Into WTC Tweets Apology: I Meant No Disrespect



    The New Jersey teenager accused of sneaking to the top of 1 World Trade Center waves at reporters as he leaves his home but doesn't answer their questions. (Published Friday, March 21, 2014)

    A New Jersey teenager who sneaked into the World Trade Center and made his way to the top of the tower is apologizing if anyone's feelings were hurt, but not for the stunt itself.
    A tweet Friday afternoon from the Twitter account of Justin Casquejo, 16, said: "I seriously apologize to anyone who may have been insulted or felt disrespected by my actions. It was not my intention to do so."
    According to court papers, Casquejo said he crawled through a hole in the fence at the trade center site early Sunday morning, then got on an elevator and went to the 88th floor.

    The teen then climbed the stairs to the 104th floor, where the New York Post says he passed a sleeping guard, went out to the roof and made his way up to the antenna.

    Casquejo was caught when he came down about two hours later. He was taken into custody by Port Authority police and charged with misdemeanor trespassing. 
    The company overseeing construction, leasing and management of the 104-story tower said in a statement that it has "undertaken a top-to-bottom review of our security at One World Trade Center."
    Joe Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority, said any security breaches are taken seriously and will be prosecuted.
    "We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible," Dunne said.

    Teen Slips by Security, Climbs to Top of WTC

    [NY] New Jersey Boy, 16, Slips by Security, Climbs to Top of 1 World Trade Center to Take Photos
    A New Jersey teenager fascinated by the construction of 1 World Trade Center scrambled though a hole in a fence at ground zero in the middle of the night and made his way past several layers of security to the top of the tower, where he took pictures for hours. Andrew Siff reports.
    (Published Thursday, March 20, 2014)

    -- Andrew Siff contributed to this report 

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