A man was taken into police custody Monday morning after hanging off the side of Trump Tower from a rope since Sunday evening demanding to speak to President Donald Trump.
According to Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern, the man, who is in his 20s, has been dangling from the tower’s 16th-floor balcony since about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, asking to speak to the president and trying to get his message to the media.
Police officers at the scene said they believe the man is using a climbing harness, the Sun-Times reported.
At 5:27 p.m., Chicago Police officers and a SWAT team, as well as Fire Department personnel, were called for a man threatening suicide from the landing. Negotiators spent hours on the deck trying to get the man down overnight.
At 1:36 a.m. Monday, Ahern tweeted that “every effort is being made to bring a positive conclusion to this situation” after hours of negotiations.
The situation was “resolved peacefully” by negotiators and the man was in police custody with no injuries reported, according to a tweet posted by Ahern shortly before 7 a.m.
According to the Sun-Times, police have blocked off traffic on Upper Wacker around Trump Tower, which overlooks the Chicago River at 401 N. Wabash Ave. A crowd of onlookers gathered across from the tower, some wondering if it was part of a stunt for the upcoming Batman movie, which has been shooting in the city recently.
As the situation extended into Monday morning, the CTA announced reroutes on the southbound 6, 134, 135, 136 and 146 bus routes through the area because of ongoing police activity at Wacker and Wabash.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.