Seems like everybody is sneaking up to the top of One World Trade Center these days. First we heard about the daredevil teen who evaded security to take photos atop the Freedom Tower spire. Then on Tuesday morning we were treated to video of three men base jumping from the roof of the tower last October.
In fact, sometimes it seems like you’d have to work at a place like CNN to be dumb enough to get caught breaking into NYC’s top terror target . . . oh, wait.
CBS New York reports that CNN producers Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, were arrested Tuesday afternoon while attempting to break into the One World Trade Center site, which remains closed off despite being largely completed.
The Port Authority Police Department claimed that the two first attempted to gain entry to the site through a man gate opening onto the street. After being rebuffed by police, one allegedly told an officer “words to the effect that that if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should also be able to get in.”
Then, in broad daylight and in view of police, the two walked down the street and attempted to climb a fence. When stopped by authorities, the persistent duo then tried to physically force their way through ANOTHER gate. At this point, shockingly, they were finally arrested.
Judging by the GoPro camera and tripod-equipped video camera carried by the two producers, it’s likely the CNN employees were trying to reproduce the previous break-ins as part of a story highlighting the building’s lax security. Of course, the other break-ins were both accomplished late at night and away from observant police officers.
CNN told the New York Post that the producers were not ordered to the site by anyone at the network. “We were just made aware of this and are actively looking into it,” a spokesperson said.
Pomrenze and Boals are being charged with criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct.
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