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Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

August 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian tourist accused of climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge is facing reckless endangerment and trespass charges. The episode marks the second security breach at the span in a month.

Yaroslav Kolchin is being held on $5,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Brooklyn.

Police and prosecutors say they spotted the 24-year-old ascending a cable beam at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the Moscow man reached the top of the tower, took pictures and was arrested as he descended.

A court complaint says he told police he did it for fun.

Defense lawyer Paul Liu says Kolchin works in advertising and was visiting New York with a Russian tour group.

On July 22, two American flags were swiped from the bridge and replaced with white ones.

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