50 Feet Up NYT Building, Guy Puts Knife to Own Neck

Darrow Erikksan, recently arrested for assault on a police officer, faces new charges
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2022 9:10 AM CDT
Man Climbs NYT Building, Puts Knife to Own Neck
This June 22, 2019 file photo shows the exterior of the New York Times building in New York.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

A man described as emotionally disturbed climbed 50 feet up the 721-foot New York Times building Tuesday night before holding a knife to his neck. A group of onlookers gathered around 7:30pm to watch as Port Authority police officers and firefighters worked to get Darrow Erikksan safely off the Midtown Manhattan building with a "ladder-like facade," per the New York Daily News. The 31-year-old, who threatened to hurt himself, was ultimately uninjured but taken by ambulance to an area hospital for an evaluation, per the Daily News and New York Post.

He was also arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and trespassing. Those charges came less than two weeks after Erikksan was charged with assault on a police officer after allegedly injuring a cop with "a two-by-four riddled with nails" on Aug. 18, per the Post. He was subsequently hospitalized for evaluation and released. However, a bench warrant was issued a week ago when he failed to appear at a court hearing, the Post reports. (More arrest stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.