New York man arrested bringing knives, fireworks into Trump Tower, police say – The Washington Post
The 19-year-old was arrested inside a building that has become “White House North” for Trump.
Authorities in New York arrested a 19-year-old who entered inside Trump Tower on Monday night with weapons and fireworks, police said.
Alexander Wang was taken into custody shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Monday inside the Manhattan skyscraper, which has effectively become a northern White House for President-elect Donald Trump during the transition. Police said Wang had a “knife, garrote and fireworks” when he was arrested. Wang has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of fireworks, according to the New York City Police Department.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, along with other officials, have entertained a parade of potential administration appointees and celebrities since the election last month. Trump Tower is where the president-elect lives and works, and his transition has largely operated out of the building in midtown Manhattan. This has created some security concerns, as Trump and his advisers have welcomed high-profile visitors into a building that is also open to the public.
Wang was arrested not long after Rick Perry, the former Texas governor tapped to head the Energy Department, walked out of an elevator and into the building’s lobby. Throughout the afternoon, other elected officials came through the lobby heading to meetings with Trump.
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The lobby of Trump Tower is legally designated a public space as part of a deal Trump struck with New York City in the 1970s, so it remains open to the public each day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. As a result, the Secret Service and police in New York have had to craft an elaborate security ring around the building, erecting barricades and security checkpoints on the ground while enacting a no-fly zone overhead.
Trump’s wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, plan to remain in New York after he takes the oath of office in January. According to a New York Times report last month, Trump has also been speaking with advisers about how often he will divide his time among the White House, Trump Tower and other properties he owns.
It was not immediately clear if Wang had an attorney. Police said Wang’s home was listed as being in Poughquag, N.Y., about 70 miles north of Trump Tower. The New York Post, which first reported his arrest, said Wang is a student at Baruch College and that more fireworks were found in his dorm.
Sorgente: New York man arrested bringing knives, fireworks into Trump Tower, police say – The Washington Post