Aspiring Rapper Raymond Velasquez Climbs Pole In Times Square

Velasquez Same Man Who Gave 'TODAY' Hosts Scare In February

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police shut down traffic to an area of Times Square after a man climbed on top of a 20-foot tall traffic pole Tuesday.

Raymond Velasquez, 34, of Brooklyn, could be seen standing atop the pole at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 44th Street waving to onlookers and then sitting down swinging his feet nonchalantly off the post.

For Nearly Two Hours, He Made A Drive Through Times Square An Exercise In Patience

Velasquez — dressed in a red polo shirt, khakis and a baseball cap — came down from the pole using a police ladder around 11:15 .a.m at his own will and was promptly placed in handcuffs.

Police had responded to the scene around 9:30 a.m. and closed traffic to the area. An inflatable cushion was placed underneath the pole for fear Velasquez would jump.

Velasquez has been taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Velasquez is the same man who shouted and gave “TODAY” Show hosts a scare in February, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

On Feb. 22, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Willie Geist were at Rockefeller Center when a man crossed the barricade and approached the trio while yelling loudly. A clearly alarmed Vieira was heard on camera shouting “Jesus,” while others said to “get out the way.” “We’re certainly awake now,” Vieira joked in the studio later.

Velasquez said “I’ve got God’s gift to music,” recounted Roker. Velasquez was arrested following the “TODAY” incident.

During today’s Times Square incident, some amused onlookers cheered on Velasquez and others posted photos on Twitter and said that he was “rapping” and “threatening to jump.”

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However, some were not pleased with the spectacle.

“I think he was a moron, he went up there to make a show, he just cost New York City so much money, it’s ridiculous, now he’s going to go to the right place right now,” one man told CBS 2’s Jay Dow.

“I think it’s interesting, kind of waste of government resources and time,” one woman said.

“I was entertained at first but then it got boring,” another man said.

Police said Velasquez, an aspiring rapper, wanted to promote his CD.

Do you think the police response was appropriate in this case? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. Nathan Rosenthal says:

    He looks like the spanish speaking day laborer I hired to do yard work.

  2. bday55 says:

    How did he climb a pole? He must be in pretty good shape, I’d say.

  3. Billy says:

    Must be a pretty talented rapper if he needs to do this just to get some PR…..

  4. Bell Toller says:

    This guy gives spanish rappers a bad name.

  5. DOUG PRUDEN says:

    Doug Pruden says hey buddy try getting on the radio, but you put on a show for usually bored and expectant times square crowds. People like to take photos of idiots that try to get famous. Do push ups, and check out my world records.

  6. Dale Auburn says:

    As a rapper, he needs an arrest record and prison time to get some “street cred.”

    1. Clemdane says:

      You don’t get street cred for being arrested for climbing a traffic pole

  7. JP says:

    THATS GANGSTAAAA!!!

  8. FedUp says:

    “Aspiring Rapper”. Isn’t that just code for (pick one):

    A. Convicted Felon
    B. High School Drop Out
    C. Dead Beat Dad
    D. Drug Addict
    E. All of the above

    1. gunit says:

      F. pre-millionaire😉

      1. haha says:

        G. Guy who sleeps with your wife

  9. be large says:

    some poor schlump in a courtroom, they Taze him….some guy on a fire escape, and they taze him too. This poor dimwit, they actually gave a ladder to? where’s the consistency in that? Taze him Bro!!!!

  10. Rodin says:

    Slpw news day?

  11. MIKE says:

    LUCKY HES WHITE IF HE WERE ANY OTHER RACE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT AND CALLED ALL TYPE OF CRIMINAL.

    1. Pat Smegma says:

      You are so right, Mr. Ock!

    2. John says:

      He is not white, he is hispanic, Mike, Mr. Racist.

      1. Bob James says:

        So there are no Hipanic whites? News to me.

  12. dave game says:

    We at channel 4 in MIami support all Marxist and Socialiost causes.We have a mayoral election today and both canidates are members of the Communist Party.VIVA LE REVOLUCION.

  13. FedUp says:

    Another effing moron in a sea of idiots. I’m surprised he didn’t fall off the pole and then threaten to sue the city, But then again, judging from that dumb look on his face, he doesn’t seem very bright.

  14. billy says:

    tie a lion to the bottom of the pole and leave them both.

  15. iggy says:

    just think, if it were a drunken woman, they would have held her in their arms and sung love songs to her. 3 TIMES

  16. iggy says:

    just go up and get him, get a ladder and grab him by the foot. they (the cops) wouldn’t even have to visit 3 times.

  17. HARLEM TRYING NOT TO GO HAM says:

    LOL , I LOVE MY FOLLOW NEW YORKERS. GALS & GUYS HAVE SOME MERCY. HOWEVER, IF I HAD A MEETING IN THE AREA, I WOULD AGREE WITH ANYTHING THAT GOT HIM OUT OF THE WAY

  18. Sue Treacy says:

    what ever happened to ignoring stupid people who are only going to hurt themselves. i remmeber my mom saying, ” don’t come running to me if you fall out of that tree and break your leg !”

  19. dc says:

    Three comments, three nasty remarks. After 25 years in New York City, I’m quite happy to be out of the environment that has grown so toxic. Every reaction is unnecessarily extreme, too many police and the ridiculous closing of traffic (one lane would be enough), and the extreme ‘comedic’ view of killing the man out of expediency. This same extremism extends to our political arena and the shredding of civil rights – everyone is convinced that *their* way is the *right* way … and that “might makes right” … this country has decidedly lost its way.

    1. barent says:

      you are so right. we are a vile stupid culture that gets off on violence and seeing people hurt. he did not destroy the country as the “banksters” have. yet idiot americans will vilify this young fellow,without looking at the people that are bringing down the country.

      1. barenta says:

        boo hoo if it is good enough for a bear to be shot out of a tree it is good for this idiot.

    2. nathan says:

      dc – don’t take the few losers who spew hate on here to be an accurate representation of nyc. I have made a lot of wonderful friends in my half decade here.

      1. nathans brother says:

        dont mess with my little brother

  20. FiveT says:

    As a cop on the seen, you are notifed the guy on the pole is a lawyer. But down the street from times square there is a murderer and a rapist. You’re armed but you only have 2 bullets left, what do you do?

    Shoot the lawyer twice

    1. IgnoranteElephante says:

      Or, ask the rapist how to correctly spell “scene” and he will tell you that it is not “seen.”

      1. FiveT says:

        Yes, thank you Mr. perfect.

  21. Carlos Liriano says:

    next fool that gets up the light pole just shoot him down and don’t block the traffic

  22. Helpful Harry says:

    Set taser to “fry”, aim, fire. Place remains in garbage. Next?

  23. chatty cathy says:

    Wow wasting all that time and resources on this loser just shoot him down and lets move on with our day.

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