According to a police spokesman, Rogata is still being evaluated at Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was taken in after being stopped by police as he tried to climb past the 21st floor. Rogata told police he climbed Trump Tower because he wanted to meet the Republican presidential nominee.
Police have also found a spiral notebook filled with handwritten notes referencing a YouTube video titled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower).” The video began to go viral during and after Rogata’s ascent, and features a young man wearing a hoodie addressing Trump: “I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter,” he says. “I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request.”
Police shared several other details about Rogata, including his birth name of Michael Joseph Ryan. Investigators added that Rogata checked into the Bowery Grand Hotel Tuesday night after driving from Virginia, and that the 1998 Honda he made the trip in was found in downtown Brooklyn.
As for Trump, the Republican nominee briefly addressed the strange stunt on Twitter yesterday, writing, “Great job today by the NYPD in protecting the people and saving the climber.”