Two CNN producers trying to make some kind of point about how easy it is to sneak into the One World Trade Center site were arrested yesterday for trespassing. Yonatan Pomrenze and Connor Fieldman Boals, who were supposed to be doing a "story about the recent incidents at the W.T.C. and other sites — the notion that daredevils are being drawn to them," according to the Times, tried and failed three times to, well, sneak isn't exactly the right word... The two men first tried to enter through a gate at Vesey and Washington Streets, were rebuffed, then tried multiple times to climb a fence until they were told to stop. (It is unclear whether or not they would have been able to get over given unlimited attempts.) As their pièce de résistance, Pomrenze and Boals tried to push their way through an electronic gate at Vesey and Church Streets, at which point they were arrested on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration. This occurred at 2:08 p.m.
Recently, there have been a couple of highly publicized security breaches at the One WTC site. Last week, police arrested 16-year-old Justin Casquejo after he snuck into the site and climbed to the top of the spire, and this week three base jumpers and their lookout turned themselves in after releasing footage they shot diving off the tower back in September. Pomrenze and Boals reportedly told Port Authority officers, when they were stopped the first time, that, "if a 16-year-old could get on the site, they should also be able to get in," apparently neglecting the fact that the 16-year-old in question snuck in under the cover of night and was subsequently arrested.
· 2 CNN Producers Are Held in Trespass at World Trade Center [NYT]
· Two CNN Employees Arrested For Trying To Break Into 1 WTC [Gothamist]
· One World Trade Center coverage [Curbed]