Tourist Accused of Climbing Brooklyn Bridge to Take Photos

A 24-year-old Russian tourist accused of scaling the Brooklyn Bridge is being held on reckless endangerment and trespass charges after allegedly climbing a cable beam to the top of the span to take photos.

The NYPD released a video that shows a man who they say is Yaroslav Kolchin climbing on the beam and then getting arrested. 

Kolchin, who was not injured, allegedly took photos from one of the bridge's towers, police say. He was arrested on the bridge by the NYPD's Aviation, Harbor and Emergency Service units.

Police say he didn't damage the bridge or take anything. A court complaint says he allegedly told police he did it for fun.

Kolchin's attorney, Paul Liu, says his client works in advertising and was visiting the city with a Russian tour group. Liu said nothing about the charges as he left court following Monday's arraignment.

Kolchin is being held on $5,000 bond, and his passport was revoked. 

There have been concerns about the bridge's security in recent months after people climbed to the top and raised white flags on the world-famous span. No arrests have been made in that case.

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