A man who dangled himself off the 16th floor balcony of Trump Tower in Chicago and threatened to cut his rope unless he could speak to the president has been taken into custody after more than 13 hours.
The Chicago Police Department confirmed shortly before 7:00am local time that the situation had been ‘resolved peacefully’ by on-site negotiators and no injuries were sustained.
The man, who is in his 20s, had been hanging off a 16th-floor balcony of the tower since around 5:30pm Sunday.
He had been requesting to speak directly with the president and to get his message to the media, CPD spokesman Tom Ahern said.
The man had threatened to kill himself during the stand-off with police, the department said. Negotiators spent hours on the deck trying to get the man down overnight.
He has not yet been named by police, but a press conference has been scheduled for Monday morning.
On Sunday a man was seen dangling from a rope outside the 16th floor of Trump Tower in downtown Chicago. Police officers were seen on a terrace above the man, seemingly urging him to climb up, but he refused to move
Photos and videos emerged on social media showing the figure scaling the tower in Chicago’s downtown as frightened onlookers peered down.
Police officers and firefighters were on the scene within minutes. Officers were seen on a terrace above the man, seemingly urging him to climb up, but he refused to move.
Police said the man appeared to be using a climbing harness.
‘CPD, SWAT, and CFD personnel responded to the call of an unknown male threatening suicide and dangling from a rope on the 16th-floor balcony of a residential building/hotel,’ Chicago Police said to DailyMail.com in a statement.
One video began surfacing online purportedly showing the man, who had an Eastern European accent, saying he didn’t want to die but would cut the rope if he couldn’t speak with the president.
He also appeared to be holding a knife as negotiators tried to talk him down.
‘Hello everyone,’ the believed suspect was heard saying in one clip, before laying out his demands. ‘I am [a] member of Black Lives Matter, and I want to talk with Mr Trump before the election.
‘I don’t want to die. If someone will try to pull this rope, I will jump.
‘If Trump promises something, he should do [it] before the election.
‘I’m here in Chicago … one of the most liberal cities in the world and I really respect people who live here.
‘We need to make a big decision. For that, I want to talk with media. And I will say what I want to say for media.
‘Mr Trump, if you think I am crazy, I am not crazy. If you will not talk with me, I will cut [the rope].’
A video began surfacing online purportedly showing the man, who had an Eastern European accent, saying he didn’t want to die but would cut the rope with a knife (right) if he couldn’t speak with the president.
The man was reportedly hanging from a rope off a balcony and refused to move when police told him to
Due to the incident police had blocked off traffic around Trump Tower, which overlooks the Chicago River.
Trump was not in Chicago at the time. The president attended a church service in Las Vegas Sunday morning and spoke at a rally in Carson City in the afternoon.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Chicago Police Department for more information.
One Twitter user wrote: There is a dude hanging from the 16th floor of Trump Tower right now from a rope threatening to cut it if he doesn’t talk to Trump himself. Chicago is really upping the crazy levels tonight.’
Another person wrote: ‘There is a man dangling from Trump Tower in Chicago, demanding to speak to @realDonaldTRump or he’ll cut the rope.’
The incident comes one day after the United Steelworkers union projected the Biden Harris campaign logo on Trump Tower Saturday evening.
The union used their ‘bat light’ to shine the names of Trump’s opponent’s Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his VP pick Kamala Harris over Trump’s own name emblazoned on the skyscraper.
The $847million 98-story skyscraper that serves as a condo and hotel is 1,390 feet high and was completed in 2009.
If you or anyone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
The incident comes one day after the United Steelworkers union projected the Biden Harris campaign logo on Trump Tower Saturday evening
The $847million 98-story skyscraper that serves as a condo and hotel is 1,390 feet high and was completed in 2009