NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police say a French tourist was taken into custody after climbing the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos.
The man climbed over a fence on the pedestrian walkway just after noon Sunday to reach a cable beam connected to the tower on the Manhattan-bound side.
The Brooklyn’s District Attorney told WCBS 880 the tourist has been identified as 23-year-old Yonathan Souid.
According to police, Souid has been charged with felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, Souid said nothing as police escorted him out of the 84th precinct in downtown Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke with WCBS 880, and said he is supporting legislation proposed by Sen. Dan Squadron to include jail time for trespassing on a New York City landmark.
“Penalties should be tougher and that ensures tourists spend time in one of our greatest landmarks: Rikers Island” Adams told WCBS 880.