Teen Who Climbed World Trade Center Faces New Stunt Charges

NEW YORK (AP) -
Justin Casquejo passes through security in 2014 at a courthouse in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Justin Casquejo passes through security in 2014 at a courthouse in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

A teenage daredevil who climbed the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower in 2014 surrendered to police Friday after videos posted on social media showed him dangling from other New York skyscrapers.

Justin Casquejo, 19, from Weehawken, NJ, faces charges of reckless endangerment and trespassing. He was sentenced to community service for scaling the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center.

The recent videos show him perched precariously on buildings and scaffolding near Central Park.

The teen’s attorney says whether someone acted recklessly in the eyes of the law and whether he acted recklessly in the eyes of the average person are “completely different issues.” Attorney Jeremy Saland says there’s more to Casquejo than what people see online.