Police: NJ teen bypasses guard, reaches WTC spire

In this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is becoming a reality, with a museum commemorating the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year.AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
In this Sept. 4, 2013 photo, One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is becoming a reality, with a museum commemorating the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year.AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey teenager who police say bypassed security and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center in the middle of the night faces trespassing charges.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says 16-year-old Justin Casquejo was arrested early Sunday at the nation’s tallest building.

Casquejo’s lawyer hasn’t returned messages seeking comment. Nobody was home Thursday at his Weehawken apartment.

Pentangelo says Casquejo got into the construction site of the nearly completed tower through a small fence opening. He says the teen was able to slip past an “inattentive” security guard on the 104th floor. The guard’s been fired.

A friend described Casquejo as a thrill-seeking adventurer.

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