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Scaffold-climbing suspect smashes way into Con Edison headquarters in Manhattan

Police arrested a man who apparently climbed up the scaffolding of the Con Ed headquarters building smashed a window and broke in. He was found by police on the 19th floor on the floor, suffering from cuts from the broken glass. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

While most New Yorkers are climbing the walls from cabin fever, one daring burglar decided to climb the scaffolding around the 26-story Con Edison building in Manhattan on Monday — and was cuffed for his trouble.

Police said the suspect, believed to be in his 30s, was seen traversing the metal apparatus surrounding at 4 Irving Place in Gramercy Park at noon on April 13, in the midst of the rain storm.

Cops from the 13th Precinct surrounded the building that takes up an entire city block, and police began a search.

Police arrested a man who apparently climbed up the scaffolding of the Con Ed headquarters building smashed a window and broke in. He was found by police on the 19th floor on the floor, suffering from cuts from the broken glass. Police on the ground point to where the suspect may have gone. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

Emergency service police officers joined the search, with reports that the man had gone to the roof of the building with fears that he might be contemplating jumping.

After a search by police and Con Ed security, police began searching floor by floor when they located the unidentified man lying on the floor, bleeding from multiple parts of his body.

Cops say the man had apparently smashed a window on the second floor from the scaffolding and climbed inside — leaving police to classify the crime as an attempted burglary.

The perpetrator, who’s believed to be homeless, was brought to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Charges against him are pending.

Advocates say homeless people are becoming more desperate as they are unable to panhandle in much of the city because people are afraid to approach because of COVID-19.

The landmark building, the original structure built in 1910, formerly contained Tammany Hall and the Academy of Music, as well as the offices of Con Ed’s predecessor, Consolidated Gas. 

Police arrested a man who apparently climbed up the scaffolding of the Con Ed headquarters building smashed a window and broke in. He was found by police on the 19th floor on the floor, suffering from cuts from the broken glass. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Con Ed security and officials said they didn’t know why he broke into the building. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

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