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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