Trump Tower Climber Says He Was Trying To Pass Along “Secret Information”

After climbing 21 floors, the 19-year-old is undergoing psychiatric treatment at Bellevue Hospital.

Julie Jacobson / AP

Julie Jacobson / AP

Rogata spent more than three hours using suction cups to climb Trump Towers in Manhattan — the GOP nominee's primary residence — before he was pulled into the building and arrested by police Aug. 10.

Hundreds of onlookers gathered around the building and millions more watched online and on television. Rogata told police he had practiced climbing only once before.

On Wednesday, Rogata attended his arraignment via live video from Bellevue Hospital, where he has remained while receiving unspecified psychiatric treatment, his defense attorney, Sarah Collins, told the court.

In a YouTube video titled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)” Rogata called himself an “independent researcher” seeking a private audience with Republican presidential nominee to “discuss an important matter.”

“I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request,” Rogata continued, hood up, facing to the side of the camera. “Believe me, if my purpose was not significant I would not risk my life pursuing it.”

After he was arrested, he told police he had already given the information to a member of the Secret Service, but still wanted to speak with Trump directly.

Rogata was charged with three misdemeanors: base jumping, trespassing, and criminal trespassing. The prosecutor also mentioned that Rogata endangered those below him by dropping items, among them a laptop. He has no criminal record and his attorney alluded to a history of mental health problems, though she did not go into details.

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