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Russian tourist arrested for scaling iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York

Published on Aug 26, 2014 1:50 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A Russian tourist has been arrested after scaling New York's iconic Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures with his cellphone, police said Monday.

Yaroslav Kolchin, sporting a backpack, shorts and a baseball cap, was spotted climbing to the top of one of the towers supporting the mighty structure shortly after midday on Sunday.

Once there, the 24-year-old walked around and took photos with his iPhone before safely descending back down a cable support beam as a police aviation unit hovered nearby.

He was subsequently taken into custody, with charges against him including criminal trespassing and reckless endangerment.

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