Man arrested after climbing to top of 17-story amusement park ride to protest 'unfair charges'
A man climbed to the top of a 150ft. amusement ride on Casino Pier to protest an arrest that occurred in his past. Asbury Park Press
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — A man with a history of public stunts was taken into custody after climbing to the top of a 17-story tower ride at Casino Pier Monday morning.
The climb was meant to protest "unfair charges" brought against him by local police, the man, Christopher Angulo, 45, of Lavallette, claimed.
Angulo climbed to the top of the Skyscraper ride and hoisted an American flag before finding his way back down hours later, after drawing a crowd of onlookers.
Police were called to the area at about 6 a.m. and made "several contacts" with Angulo by phone while he was atop the ride, said Detective Steve Korman, a spokesman for Seaside Heights police.
Angulo said at first he would come down after he secured an attorney to help with charges connected to a recent arrest as well as "ongoing personal family matters," Korman said.
Shortly after 10 a.m., police escorted Angulo away from the boardwalk after he climbed down from the ride following a conversation with borough police Chief Thomas Boyd.
"After I talked some sanity into his head — he's not a stupid kid, he's a pretty bright kid, he's not stupid — after I talked to him, he said 'I'll come down,'" Boyd told the Asbury Park Press in an interview at the scene.
Once on the ground, Angulo was taken into custody and charged with defiant trespass. He was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River for evaluation after being processed at the Seaside Heights police station, Korman said.
"He's having problems with other police departments," Boyd said.
Boyd said Angulo had interrupted a council meeting in Angulo's 真人百家家乐官网网站hometown of Lavallette and "had problems up in Bay Head."
The state Judiciary's records show dozens of charges against Angulo dating back to 2001, mostly alleged disorderly persons offenses.
Angulo's previous stunts include swimming out to the Sandy-damaged Jet Star roller coaster off Seaside Heights in 2013 and a headline from a local radio station.
Had Angulo not climbed down on his own, Boyd said state troopers were ready to climb up and get him.
According to Casino Pier's website, the Skyscraper hoists riders 170 feet in the air at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
Boyd said Angulo would be facing charges of criminal trespass, but that, "We're going to get him help, we're going to get him some mental help."