WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Police arrested a man for climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take some photos Sunday afternoon.
Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, managed to evade security and began climbing one of the support beams connected to the tower on the Brooklyn side of the bridge shortly after noon, police said. Kolchin had reached the top of the tower by the time more officers arrived.
After spending several minutes walking atop the tower, snapping photos with his phone while a police helicopter hovered nearby, Kolchin began to climb down the same way he went up.
"He took some photos at the top and made his own way down," officers said. "We took him into custody as he got back to the security gate."
Kolchin, who is from Russia but lives in Manhattan, was taken into custody without incident. Police said he did not remove anything from the tower or cause any damage.
He was charged with reckless endangerment, governmental administration, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
The incident is the second this summer to throw the bridge -- and its questionable security -- into the spotlight.
In July, two German artists scaled the bridge undetected and replaced the American flags atop the towers. The artists returned the original American flags last week, and it was unclear if they would face criminal charges.