NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Now it’s very serious – Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to make changes in security at all city-controlled East River crossings after the second breach at the Brooklyn Bridge in a period of just a month.
Meanwhile, the Russian tourist accused of climbing the bridge to take pictures with his with his cellphone faced a judge Monday.
Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, who was visiting the city from Moscow, is charged with reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and other charges.
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, Kolchin was dressed in a gray hoodie reading “Chicago” when he appeared for the hearing. He appeared to tear up at times during the hearing.
Kolchin’s attorney, Paul Liu, said his client wanted to “resolve this matter and go back home.” But the judge allowed no such thing, instead setting Kolchin’s bail at $5,000 and ordering him to surrender his passport.
Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed a cable beam on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and reached the top of the tower, police said.