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Massachusetts man, 36, climbs to the sixth floor of the New York Times building


Budding Spider-man captured: Man attempts to scale 52-story New York Times building in Manhattan but is arrested after only reaching the 6th floor

  • Wilmer Ferrara, 36, from Massachusetts, climbed the New York Times building
  • He reached the sixth floor before police broke a window and pulled him inside
  • Footage shows him climbing up the diagonal support beams of the building 

A man has been arrested after attempting to scale the 52-story New York Times building in Manhattan yesterday.

Wilmer Ferrara, 36, from Massachusetts, climbed up to the sixth floor of the outside of the building before he was stopped by police.

Ferrara began climbing the building near Times Square at around 5.20pm and was stopped 45 minutes later.

Footage shows officers break open a window and pull him inside the building to arrest him.

Wilmer Ferrara, 36, from Massachusetts, climbs up to the sixth floor of the New York Times building in Manhattan before his arrest yesterday evening

Wilmer Ferrara, 36, from Massachusetts, climbs up to the sixth floor of the New York Times building in Manhattan before his arrest yesterday evening

Earlier, he climbed up the diagonal support beams on the building where he was believed to have gotten stuck.

Large crowds gathered in the street to watch as Ferrara climbed and warn him not to jump.

Building security guard Leroy Morris Jr told the New York Daily News Ferrera walked into the building moments before his climb.

He said: ‘The guy came into the building because he wanted to give a story. The security desk told him he has to do it online.

Ferrara began climbing the building near Times Square at around 5.20pm and was stopped 45 minutes later

Ferrara began climbing the building near Times Square at around 5.20pm and was stopped 45 minutes later

Large crowds gathered in the street to watch as Ferrara climbed and warn Ferrara not to jump or fall

Large crowds gathered in the street to watch as Ferrara climbed and warn Ferrara not to jump or fall

‘I didn’t even see him because I was giving someone directions. 

‘Then all of a sudden I see the Port Authority police coming from [the Midtown bus terminal] across the street.’ 

Ricardo Figueroa said he was one of the first people to see the climber and reported him to police. 

He told NBC New York: ‘He was climbing up the building like Spider-Man. I said “get down” in Spanish.

Ferrera climbs up the diagonal support beams on the building where he was believed to have gotten stuck

‘My heart was was racing. We don’t want to see nobody fall.’

Another witness, Ebonie Johnson Cooper said in a video she posted on social media: ‘Basically he has completely stopped traffic. Everyone is in the middle of the street.

‘This guys has scaled the New York Times building and the dude is laughing.’

Bernadette Rae told CBS2: ‘From what I had heard, he snuck in through either like a side entrance or something and then just started going up the flights.’ 
Ferrera reaches the sixth floor of the 52-storey building

Ferrera reaches the sixth floor of the 52-storey building

Chuck Oshea said the way police rushed to help the man was like something out of a movie

He said: ‘They told him to come back in the building and he did. They did good.’

NYPD said Ferrara was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass.

It was not yet clear why he tried to climb the building.

Ferrara’s attempt was not the first time someone has climbed the 52-story building, situated on a busy stretch of Eighth Avenue in midtown. 

Three men tried to climb the building in the summer of 2008 within a month of each other. 

Alain Robert, the ‘French spiderman’, made it to the top to unfurl a banner protesting climate change.

A homeless man made it to the fifth floor in 2011 before coming back down. 

The New York Times said its exterior was modified after those incidents to make it harder to climb.

Ferrara was taken into custody at the Midtown South Precinct in New York.

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