— hypervocal (@hypervocal) March 25, 2014
James Brady, 32, is one of four men arrested yesterday for allegedly being involved in an incident where three people base jumped from the top of the World Trade Center in the early morning hours of September 30, 2013.
A bank security guard not far away saw a man folding up his parachute and called the police. After a number of months and a prolonged police investigation, the four men turned themselves in on Monday, March 24.
Here is what you need to know about James Brady (seen in the tweet, above left) and his alleged role in this epic stunt:
1. Brady Once Worked for the WTC Construction Company
According to the New York Times, 32-year-old James Brady worked for DCM Erectors as an iron worker. As a construction worker on the site, Brady was given a security card and was able to access the site. However, his key card was not used to gain access to the site.
Brady’s lawyer, Andrew Mancilla, told the New York Times that, “The Port Authority is spreading misinformation in an attempt to avoid blame.”
2. Four Men Turned Themselves in to Police
On March 24, almost six months after the jump, four men turned themselves in to police. According to Reuters, Marko Markovich, 27, Andrew Rossig, 33, Kyle Hartwell, 29, and Bardy arrived at the police station with their defense lawyer. The four were arrested and charged with burglary and reckless endangerment.
It took over four months until police were able to identify, track down, and order search warrants on the homes of the four men. When police searched their homes in January, they uncovered the footage from the helmet cams.
3. They ‘Just Kind of Walked In’
According to accounts given by one of the jumpers, Andrew Rossig, 33, to the police, the four of them “just kind of walked in,” to the property around the World Trade Center. Then, Markovich, Rossig, and and Brady climbed to the top of the 104-story building and jumped. Hartwell remained on the ground as a lookout.
The group landed on the street a few blocks away near Vesey street where they were spotted by a Goldman Sachs security guard. Later it was revealed that security camera footage first noticed them at around the height of 40 floors up. At the time, it was unknown whether they had jumped from a building or a plane.
4. The Helmet-Cam Video Was Released This Week
On March 24, the video was posted on Youtube under the account NYC B.A.S.E. Jump and received over 350,000 views. You can watch the video above. To skip to the point-of-view jump, fast forward to about 2:40.
5. A 16-Year-Old Snuck Into the Tower Last Week
News of the arrest comes in the wake of another prominent security breach at One World Trade. Around 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, 16-year-old daredevil Justin Casquejo allegedly gained access to the WTC roof by climbing through a small hole in the fence, convincing an elevator operator to take take him up, and sneaking passed a sleeping security guard. Once on the roof, he took photographs for around two hours. On his way down at around 6 a.m. he was finally spotted by construction workers and arrested.
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