NJ Teen Outsmarts WTC Security, Scales Nation's Tallest Building

Hudson County teen faces a misdemeanor charge after a late-night adventure that took him to the top of One World Trade Center.

Justin Casquejo/Twitter
Justin Casquejo/Twitter

A 16-year-old from Weehawken was arrested after besting security and sneaking up to the top of the World Trade Center early Sunday morning. 

Justin Casquejo slipped through in a fence at the WTC site at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday and was then taken up to the 88th floor by a “clueless” union elevator operator, according to the New York Post.

Justin then allegedly walked up to the 104th floor, past a sleeping security guard, to the roof and then to the building’s antenna.

The teen spent two hours on the top of America’s tallest building taking photos and then got caught by a construction worker on his way back down to earth, according to the Post.

The young man—who deftly evaded the security of Port Authority police, the NYPD and two private security firms—faces a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

The daredevil’s escapades raise serious questions about security at a site that the Post called “the world’s biggest terror target.”

The guard that was asleep at the 104th floor was fired, according to the Post, but the elevator operator who took 16-year-old Justin to the 88th floor has been reassigned “because of his hardhat union.”

Social issues in Morristown Blog March 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Chuck Ruff March 21, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Do we point fingers at the security personnel when the elevator goes to the wrong floor or when construction is not completed on time??? Why would we point fingers at the elevator operator and construction worker when there is a security lapse???
WMS826 March 21, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Common sense would tell a seasoned jobsite elevator worker that a young kid at 430 in the morning did not belong there. The second construction worker who found him and sounded the alarm used good judgment. Let's look at the security firm, who they are connected to and how much did they get.
John Santaella March 21, 2014 at 02:21 PM
That's it WMS826, follow the money
Peter March 21, 2014 at 03:04 PM
That kid's pretty impressive. Everyone is so focused on "security" in the majority of the comments (terrorists win). I'd like to see some of the views he got from up there.


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