CNN Producers Arrested Trying to Test Security At World Trade Center


Two CNN producers seeking to report on recent breaches of security at the World Trade Center site were arrested as they tried to break into the area, the New York Times reports. The two men, Yonatan Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Boals, 26, were seen repeatedly trying to get in, said Joseph Pentangelo of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Their arrests, on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration, came amid intense scrutiny of security at the World Trade Center site.

Last week, the police arrested Justin Casquejo, 16 who had sneaked through a fence and climbed to the spire at 1 World Trade Center. On Monday, three men and their lookout turned themselves in to the police admitting they had parachuted from the tower last year. Pentangelo said CNN producers explained to a police officer, in effect, that “if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should also be able to get in.” CNN said the men had not been asked to sneak into the site but were in the area to do a “story about the recent incidents at the W.T.C. and other sites — the notion that daredevils are being drawn to them.”

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