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Man Hangs From George Washington Bridge Between N.Y.-N.J.

June 5, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ A paraplegic hung on a rope from the George Washington Bridge for more than two hours this morning, producing a rush hour traffic jam before he surrendered to police.

Police said the man apparently was the same one who lowered himself from the Brooklyn Bridge last August.

That was Ramond Masa, a 40-year-old paraplegic who hung over the East River for more than an hour Aug. 1 before police persuaded him to come down. He described himself as ″Megaman″ and ″America’s No. 1 stunt man,″ and said he wanted to inspire other paraplegics by getting his stunt in the record books.

Sgt. Dominic Evangelista of the Port Authority police, the force that patrols the bridge, said the man lowered himself from the George Washington Bridge’s upper level shortly before 6 a.m., and within an hour was about 100 feet from the Hudson River. The bridge carries traffic on Interstate 95 between New York City and New Jersey.

He carried what looked like a United Nations flag, and set off smoke bombs while hanging over the water, police said.

Eastbound traffic was backed up this morning for four or five miles into New Jersey, Evangelista said. Two eastbound lanes were closed, and motorists in other lanes slowed down to look at the spectacle.

The man was pulled up to the bridge just after 8:30, where he surrendered and was taken to a police stationhouse.

At the time of the August incident, police said that Masa was booked on charges of disorderly conduct, illegal possession of a knife and dealing with fireworks. They were unsure this morning of the status of the August case.

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