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CAPITOL CLIMBER: State patrol releases video to deter others

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Police are releasing video footage of an adventurous soul who led police on a risky chase after climbing the scaffolding at the state Capitol hoping others won't give it a go.

The historic building in St. Paul is ready to undergo a massive makeover, and officials fear that scaffolding network may be tempting to some urban climbers. That's why the Minnesota State Patrol is trying to raise awareness and warn anyone with a hankering for high places that they could face charges if they're caught.

History is filled with great explorers like Leif Erickson, the Viking who visited North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus -- but Capitol security wasn't exactly thrilled when one man went on a quest to where few others have been before last fall.

For 12 minutes, a man wearing a gray hoodie climbed the scaffolding outside the Capitol while it was undergoing renovations. He was even able to elude officers who were trying to capture him, scale down the back of the building and disappear into the night.

Capitol visitors who spoke to FOX 9 News said they'd be too scared to explore the heights of the structure like the mystery man, but Tony and Becky Orsini, of Dallas, said they felt there was no harm no foul because no one was hurt -- even if the climber shouldn't have set out in the first place.

The Minnesota State Patrol disagrees because they argue the adventurers do more than risk their own lives because officers trying to catch them are also put at risk. That's why anyone who is caught could be charged with trespassing, criminal damage to property and other crimes as well.


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