NYPD: Russian tourist climbed Brooklyn Bridge

NYPD: Russian tourist climbed Brooklyn Bridge

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Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, was arrested after ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, said police. Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, was arrested after ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, said police.
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The man who was arrested by the NYPD after he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take photos told cops he did it for fun. He is now being held on $5,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Brooklyn.

Officers spotted Russian tourist Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The NYPD released video that shows the Moscow resident reaching the top of the tower and then taking photos with his smartphone. Aviation and harbor units responded, according to police.

Kolchin then descended the same way. He was met by officers who arrested him on reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, obstruct governmental administration and disorderly conduct hazardous condition charges.

His lawyer said Kolchin was visiting with a tour group, the AP reported. That group has since returned to Russia.

A judge set a hearing for Aug. 29 and ordered Kolchin to hand over his passport. Kolchin did not post bail, authorities said.

According to Kochlin's Facebook page, he is into daredevil stunts. A photo shows him crouched down at the edge of a cliff in the Grand Canyon. Another picture shows him doing a handstand over a tall glass building.

A July 22 stunt in which two American flags were swiped from the bridge and replaced with white ones has raised questions about security on one of New York's most visible landmarks.

When asked about the most recent security breach, Mayor Bill de Blasio took responsibility.

"You can hold me and the police commissioner accountable," he said. "We are in the process of making changes to the bridges that are our responsibility."

With WNYW and AP reports. Copyright 2014 MyFoxNY/The Associated Press.

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