Brooklyn Bridge trespasser appears in court

The latest tourist arrested for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge has made his first court appearance. Jonathan Souid was arrested Sunday afternoon after police say he climbed over a fence on the pedestrian

News 12 Staff

Nov 18, 2014, 5:31 AM

Updated 3,473 days ago

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Brooklyn Bridge trespasser appears in court
The latest tourist arrested for scaling the Brooklyn Bridge has made his first court appearance.
Jonathan Souid was arrested Sunday afternoon after police say he climbed over a fence on the pedestrian walkway while trying to reach a cable connected to the tower on the Manhattan side of the bridge. 
According to attorney James Medow, his client is a photography student in France who earns credits working for a French newspaper called Street Generation. He says Souid was only hoping to take a good picture, and didn't know it was illegal to climb the bridge because there were no signs in his language. 
The 23-year-old is charged with reckless endangerment, and is being held on $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash. He has also surrendered his passport and missed his scheduled flight back to France. 
Souid's security breach comes after two German tourists scaled both towers and switched the American flags for white ones back in July. A month later, a 24-year-old Russian tourist was arrested after climbing to the top to take pictures. 
The NYPD has since started stationing officers close to the suspension cables and security gates, as well as at both ends of the bridge. The Department of Transportation also set up improved barriers. 
Souid is due in court again Dec. 9. 


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