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Teen Sneaks Past Sleeping WTC Security Officer

March 20, 2014

A New Jersey teen got past the wall of security at 1 World Trade Center and a sleeping guard and made it up to the spire.

According to the New York Post, 16-year-old Justin Casquejo crawled through a hole in a Ground Zero fence at about 4 a.m. last weekend and got a lift up the tower from a union elevator operator, even though he had no ID.

He was dropped off on the 88th floor and hiked the stairs up to the 104th floor — where a security officer was asleep, the New York Post reported.

Casquejo told cops he then climbed up to the roof and made it up to the antenna, said the New York Post.

After two hours, he was caught by a construction worker as he made his way back down.

When police questioned him, he said that he had little trouble getting past security at a building that was supposed to be cloaked in a “ring of steel.”

“I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop,” he said, according to the New York Post.

The elevator operator who asked no questions while taking him skyward has since been reassigned. But the guard who was snoozing on the top floor wasn’t as lucky — he was immediately fired, according to theNew York Post.