Brooklyn Bridge climber surrenders passport

The 24-year-old Russian man who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday in pursuit of an extreme selfie has been ordered to surrender his passport.

Yaroslav Kolchin was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Monday on charges of reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Just after noon on Sunday, an NYPD sergeant saw Kolchin climb up a support beam on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge, and ascend a cable beam. Kolchin walked back and forth on the tower landing, 276 feet in the air, snapping selfies with his iPhone, police said.

After the aviation unit responded and hovered near the tower, Kolchin climbed down and was taken into custody.

Kolchin’s address is listed as the Best Western in Times Square, according to police.

He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail, and is due back in court on Friday.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Commissioner Bill Bratton will be doing a “full scale review” of the security breach.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams thanked the NYPD on Monday for their “swift action” in apprehending “another reckless individual.”

“It is clear that we are not doing enough to prevent foolish selfie-takers and statement-makers from putting themselves and others in harm’s way,” said Adams, adding thrill seekers should “try the rides at Coney Island.”

The borough president also said he intends to partner with State Senator Daniel Squadron to raise penalties for those who trespass at high-risk areas such as landmarks.


Climbing buildings for thrills and snaps is nothing new.

Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J. was arrested in April after climbing to the top of 1 World Trade Center. He was charged with criminal trespass and misdemeanor BASE jumping, and last month signed a plea deal that ordered him to perform 23 days community service.

- Three BASE jumpers dove off 1 World Trade Center last September. James Brady, 32, Andrew Rossig, 33, Marko Markovich, 26 and Kyle Hartwell, 29, are all charged with felony burglary, as well as reckless endangerment. The men pleaded not guilty in May, and their case continues to work through the courts. 

- And, in June 2008, two men scaled the New York Times building hours apart. French climber Alain Robert unveiled a banner on global warming, and Renaldo Clarke, later said he wanted to raise awareness of malaria. Both were arrested by police at the top; unknown if selfies were taken en route. Robert pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, was fined $250 and sentenced to three days community service. Clarke received a conditional discharge, and was fined $200 and sentenced to a day of community service.


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