NEW YORK—Two CNN producers tried to sneak past security at the World Trade Center on March 25, failed and were arrested, according to a Reuters report. The men were investigating recent security lapses at the site, still under construction, the report said.
Yonatan Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, first tried to talk their way in through the site’s main gate in early afternoon. When they were prevented from entering, Boals tried twice unsuccessfully to climb over the perimeter fence. The pair then tried to force their way through an electronic gate a block away when they were arrested, the report said.
It would have been a good story for them, had they succeeded. Four men were arrested March 24 for a September 2013 parachute-jump from the top of One World Trade Center. The three who made the jump—one stayed on the ground as a lookout—said they encountered no security as they made their way to the top of the building, still under construction.
Earlier this month, a teenager made his way to the top of the building, past an apparently oblivious security guard and then one sleeping guard, to take photos of himself atop the tallest U.S. building in the nation.
In the most recent attempt, the two CNN guys were filming a report on recent security breaches at the World Trade Center, a spokeswoman for the news network told Reuters.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent millions on security for the World Trade Center, scheduled to open later this year on the site of the 9-11 attacks.
On Tuesday afternoon, the two CNN duo told the officer at the main gate that if a 16-year-old was able to get in, then so should they, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department.
"He had enough sense to try it at 4 o'clock in the morning," he said of the 16-year-old. The CNN producers’ attempt came about 2 p.m. "This is very wasteful of valuable law-enforcement time and energy," Pentangelo said, according to Reuters
The men were arrested on charges of criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct, police said.
Journalists have recently taken the same tactic to check school security.
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