Two CNN employees arrested after reportedly trying to sneak in to World Trade Center site
By Eric Pfeiffer
Police detained two CNN employees after they allegedly attempted to slip past security into the One World Trade Center site.
The New York Post reports that the two employees, Connor Boals, 26, and Yon Pomrenze, 35, were stopped at a security gate and later charged with trespassing, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.
A CNN spokesperson told the Post that the pair, identified by the newspaper as producers, were not on an official assignment from the network.
“We were just made aware of this and are actively looking into it,” the spokesperson told the paper.
The two men were taken into custody by the Port Authority Police Department shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, according to CBS News. The PAPD later released mug shots of them.
The two reportedly told police that they were attempting to make a point about lax security at the site. In recent months, there have been two high-profile incidents at the World Trade Center site. On Monday, four men surrendered to police after filming a parachute jump from the site last September. And a 16-year-old boy recently documented his own trip past World Trade Center security, using a GoPro camera to document his walk up the site’s spire.
“Both then told the officer that, ‘If a 16-year-old can get on the site we should be able to get in as well,’” Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told the New York Daily News. “They then tried to push the gate open in front of a security guard and were arrested,” Coleman added.