An anti-abortion activist, who describes himself as the ‘pro-life Spiderman’, has been arrested for climbing the 1,070-foot tall Salesforce Tower in San Francisco without a safety rope or harness.
Witnesses first spotted Maison Deschamps, 22, climbing the skyscraper at around 9:21 a.m. on Tuesday before alerting police.
Officers placed DesChamps in custody once he climbed all 61 floors to reach the tower’s roof. He appeared to only be wearing a hoodie, as several office workers inside the tower recorded footage of the climber reaching their floors without any climbing gear.
DesChamps is an experienced rock climber, according to his website, which also reveals that he wanted to climb the tower to ‘put a doctor behind bars,’ as well as raise at least a million dollars for charities advocating for women who are pro-life.
‘I am a rock climber that has recently started climbing Skyscrapers to end abortion,’ his website – www.prolifespiderman.com – says.
The climb also comes less than a day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. since 1973.
Madison DesChamps, 22, climbed up the entirety of the Salesforce tower without a harness in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe vs Wade on Tuesday morning
DesChamps filmed himself on Instagram climbing up all 61 stories, in which he says in one video: ‘Everything’s going good, I just wish I had more water’
Office workers from inside the tower filmed DesChamps climbing up their floor levels as he appeared to be without a harness
The San Francisco Police Department told people to avoid the area around the tower while DesChamps was ascending the building with little effort
He took a little less than two hours to climb the building’s 61 floors after witnesses started observing him at around 9:30 a.m. Pictured: DesChamps reaching the top of the Salesforce tower
The 22-year-old was arrested (pictured) by San Francisco Police once he made it to the roof of the tallest building in San Francisco
Earlier on Tuesday morning, streets in the surrounding area were shut by police, who also asked people to stay away from the building.
‘Officers have developed [probable] cause to arrest the subject but charges are still pending,’ the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. ‘At minimum he will be arrested for trespassing.’
Throughout his journey to the top, DesChamps filmed himself on Instagram. At one point, he can be seen on his story (@maison.deschamps) saying: ‘Everything’s going good, I just wish I had more water’ and raising awareness for anti-abortion groups. He also called out Dr. Cesare Santangelo, …….