VA man who wanted to talk to Trump and scaled Trump Tower arraigned in Manhattan
Fourth Estate Staff
Manhattan, NY, United States (4E) – The Virginia man who wanted to talk to GOP nominee Donald Trump after he scaled the Trump Tower earlier this month was arraigned in Manhattan on Wednesday.
The man, 19-year-old Stephen Rogata , is now facing charges such as reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing. Rogata did not appear physically in court as he only appeared via a video connection. He is at the Bellevue Hospital Center as of the moment and is undergoing psychiatric evaluations.
He scaled the Trump Tower last August 10. Prosecutors said that Rogata walked into the atrium of the Trump Tower then snuck into a fenced-off area where he began to climb the building’s exterior. He started scaling the building on the fifth floor and was grabbed by police officials on the 21st floor. Accordingly, he was scaling the building for nearly three hours.
Rogata reportedly told investigators that he knew he would be arrested but he wanted to get to the top of the 68-story building. He reportedly told an investigator that he did it for publicity because he felt it was the best way to meet Trump. He said days ago that he scaled the building because he had an important message for Trump and secret information that has to do with Trump being the president and how he will be governing the country if he wins.
Rogata waited for his parents to leave town before he drove to New York City. He arrived in the state on August 9 and bought climbing equipment weeks before he scaled the building. Accordingly, he practiced climbing a three-story building in Virginia.
Rogata reportedly sat quietly as the prosecutors read the charges. Judge Kevin McGrath set a bail of $10,000 or $5,000 bond. Tara Collins of the Legal Aid Society, who is representing Rogata , said that the 19-year-old is a good student and volunteered in the past for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He is currently employed at a plant nursery in Virginia.
Both parents of Rogata visited him at the hospital he is staying at now.