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Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm •  Published: August 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

Yaroslav Kolchin was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Police said they spotted the 24-year-old ascending a cable at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the Moscow man reached the top of the tower, took pictures with his smartphone and was arrested as he descended.

He told police he did it for fun, according to a court complaint.

Prosecutors said his arrest required a "high allocation of resources." He posed a danger to the high volume of pedestrians gathered who passed beneath him on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, they said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is launching a "full scale review" of security at the bridge but assured New Yorkers that they are being kept safe.

"You can hold me accountable and (Police) Commissioner (William) Bratton accountable," the mayor said. "We are in the process of making changes in the way we protect the bridges that are our responsibility."

The city is boosting security at the bridge — and the three other East River crossings under its jurisdiction — by authorizing additional police foot and scooter patrols, installing more signage marking restricted areas and enhancing physical barriers to deter climbers, according to an administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly on matters of security and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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