Badass 16-Year-Old Parkourist Justin Casquejo Climbs One World Trade Center

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Casquejo, "Back on that parkour flow."
11:27 am: This post has been updated throughout.

One World Trade Center has a security system estimated back in 2008 to cost at least $20 million (a figure that has since doubled to $40 million) -- "a state-of-the-art integrated security system that includes closed-circuit television, coupled with video analytics to detect abnormal situations; digital recorders; access control systems; provisions for chemical, biological and radiation detection; a fiber-optic backbone and network; and related electrical infrastructure."

All that hardware, though, doesn't mean much if the guard on duty is sleeping, which, the guard on duty apparently was early Sunday morning when 16-year-old Justin Casquejo of Weehawken, New Jersey, slipped past him.

At abput 4:10 a.m., according to Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo, Casquejo "climbed through a one foot square opening, which is in the exterior construction fence surrounding the World Trade Center. He is able to enter undetected by climbing scaffolding.

"Somehow he is able to gain access to the interior of the building, and he encounters a security guard on the 104th floor." The security guard, Pentangelo says delicately, "has been characterized as inattentive during this incident." (Translation: He was fired.)

Casquejo was in One World Trade Center for almost two hours before he was arrested by Port Authority Police at 6 a.m. According to the criminal complaint, Casquejo told the arresting officer he climbed all the way to the antenna before they caught up with him. The officers seized Casquejo's camera and a cell phone.

...Which means this Instagram, which at least one user credited to Casquejo this morning, was very likely not shot by Casquejo. (Additionally, there does not appear to be any link between that Instagram account and Casquejo's Twitter, and the photo looks suspiciously similar to one grabbed from Time Magazine's gigapan.)

Casquejo did take this photo, with One World Trade in the background, from the top of a crane in Hoboken a few weeks ago.

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safetydave720
safetydave720

These youngsters are BRAVE.  They did NOT cause any damage.  I applaud them.  They may have saved lives in the future by letting security experts find holes in their systems.  One comment I saw was absolutely repulsive:  "They should obey signs".  Are you stupid or joking?  Boys obeying signs is like felons obeying the law.  Stupid libtard!

frank124c
frank124c topcommenter

If it weren't 4 kids like this we'd still be swinging from trees!

Jasmin Velez
Jasmin Velez

We should be thanking him for showing us what we are doing wrong, not scolding him. Harmless violators of curiosity save us from malicious acts of terror. Applaud the refusal of boundaries so we don't have to understand the difference.

Michael Rega
Michael Rega

Good for him, just sucks his life is fucked from now on.

Karol Casey
Karol Casey

Security! This kid has no respect for rules! Maybe this kid should have obeyed the Do Not Enter posting. No, he had to sneak like a thief, and go where he was nit supposed to!

SonyaWins
SonyaWins

Someone is gonna give this kid a job. Watch.

ElleSturm
ElleSturm

I think we're all at least a little jealous.

Laureen Locke
Laureen Locke

This kid must have nerves of steel. It makes me dizzy just looking at the photo! Guess there's something to be said for determination.

Genaro Lucero
Genaro Lucero

Well the stupid kid made it all the way to the antenna, he's not stupid, he's smart, he outsmarted the lame security what a joke

John Heida
John Heida

Didn't the kid ride the elevator?

Luis Orozco
Luis Orozco

Theres a big difference between badass and just plain stupid.

bkleinsturn
bkleinsturn

No way.  He's 16, a juvenile. 


Now, on the other hand, I still haven't seen the name of the sleeping security guard published.  Nor the names of the entire WTC Security Department, all of whom should *actually* be fucked.

But then, power protects its own, even from idiots.  They'll keep their jobs but the minimum wage security guard, not the doofus in management who decided only one was sufficient (because security guards throughout history have NEVER fallen asleep, LMAO), no, management is safe for this abysmal system of interlocking checks and balances they called a "ring of steel" around the new WTC.

What else is new? 

bkleinsturn
bkleinsturn

You're an anti-gun nut, too, right?  Because the same principle is that criminals obey all signs, rules, and laws, yes?

bkleinsturn
bkleinsturn

You can do a Google image search for "Casquejo WTC" (without the quotes) to pull the photos up.

bkleinsturn
bkleinsturn

Maybe even took the subway.  Your point?

bkleinsturn
bkleinsturn

Yes, there is.  And this kid is badass.

goofyberry
goofyberry

although you can be plain stupid badass if you try a little more crazy bad-jackass, like covering yourself with a zebra skin in the middle of lions...


but that was a good dose of boldness and bravery especially at 16! 

nice one Justin!  I'm really jealous but wouldn't compete anyway!

goofyberry
goofyberry

I love your police though! 

it's like in the uk; you can be criminal for almost anything; the gap between reality and police charges is so fat that it's much easier to have a little giggle behind a small curtain of anxiety..


the trouble with noth american culture, it so much spread round the blue ball through rough and raging series, it tends to be contagious to many other nation's police!  europe of course, but even small english speaking island like dominica !! they just want to look like the guy in the film!  it is very displaced and ridiculous there, although it is always a little too much supremely in real life;

like Benjamin Franklin well said :

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

but naturally, it is easier to steer people to passive consumers with pointless jobs through fear and paternalism...


Justin said to himself just do it, and he just did;  a great and simple lesson  !   ; ))

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