Video from base jumpers at WTC

Video from base jumpers at WTC

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The teen from New Jersey who made it to the top of 1 World Trade Center by bypassing security wasn't the first to allegedly trespass at the site. In fact, police say that three skydivers jumped from the top in late September while a fourth man served as a lookout on the ground.

The NYPD arrested Marko Markovich, 27, of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Andrew Rossig, 33, of Slate Hill, N.Y., Kyle Hartwell, 29, of East Patchogue, N.Y., and James Brady, 32, of Kings Park, N.Y., according to Police Commissioner William Bratton. At the time of the jump, Brady was a construction worker assigned to the site.

Police secured a search warrant for their homes and found video footage (warning: explicit language) of the jump.

"These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger," Bratton said in a statement. "These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way. They will be tracked down and they will face serious charges."

Markovich, Rossig, and Brady are accused of making the jump, while Hartwell allegedly acted as a lookout on the ground, the AP reported. Authorities charged all four with burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure, Bratton said. The burglary charge is a felony while the others are misdemeanors.

This breach of security as well as the one involving the teenager raise red flags about the safety at the site in the area where the Twin Towers once stood.

"The Port Authority joins the NYPD in condemning this lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public," the agency said in a statement early Tuesday. "One of the jumpers worked construction at the WTC and violated the spirit of respect and reverence for this sacred site that almost all connected with the WTC project feel."

It was "very exhilarating," one of the accused jumpers, Andrew Rossig, said Monday as he and co-defendant James Brady headed to a police precinct to surrender.

"It's a fair amount of free-fall time," he said. "You really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective."

The New York Post reported that Port Authority officials bought a surveillance system in August but it has not been installed. Officials reportedly did not want to pay the additional fee to install it.

"Being a thrill-seeker does not give immunity from the law," Bratton said.

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