‘Spiderman’ scales Makati tower, ends up in police station

Published January 29, 2019, 1:59 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jel Santos

Alain Robert, 56, known as the “French Spiderman” ended up at the Makati police station Tuesday morn­ing for questioning after scaling the 45-storey GT Tower building on Ayala Avenue.

French Spiderman Alain Robvert climbing the GT Tower in Makati Tuesday (photo courtesy of Mark Gamis via Facebook)
French Spiderman Alain Robvert climbing the GT Tower in Makati Tuesday (photo courtesy of Mark Gamis via Facebook)

Chief Insp. Gideon Ines Jr., As­sistant Chief of Police for Operations (ACOPO), said Robert was with his lawyer when he was brought to the police headquarters.
“He was with his lawyer. Robert said that he anticipated that he might en­counter a problem in the Philippines that’s why his lawyer was on standby already near the GT Tower,” he said.

Ines clarified that they just invited Robert for questioning and has not arrested him. “If the GT Tower man­agement files charges against him, we will then arrest him and put him behind bars.”

Robert, according to Ines, told cops that he did not know that he was violating any law, adding that he has scaled other high- rises in other countries. He has been banned from climbing any building in the United Kingdom.

The Climb

The silver-haired “French Spider­man” started his climb at the 45-storey GT Tower around 10 a.m., Ines said.

“He was only using his bare hands. Robert was not wearing any gloves, as if he was Spiderman. He went up and down,” Ines recalled. ‘’He was not wear­ing any safety gear like a harness.”

After reaching the top floor, he imme­diately went down around 11:30 a.m.

“We then invited him to the head­quarters as soon as he reached the ground,” Ines added.

Many people watched and recorded the perilous act of the “French Spider­man” using their smartphones.

Ines said traffic also stalled as people stopped to check what commo­tion was all about.

The Makati rescue team also went to the area and set up an inflatable res­cue/jump cushion to catch the climber should he accidentally fall as he was not wearing any safety gear.

A firetruck was on hand as Alain Robert a.k.a. climbed the GT Tower in Ayala Avenue, Makati City Tuesday (photo courtesy of Mark Gamis via facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
A firetruck was on hand as Alain Robert a.k.a. climbed the GT Tower in Ayala Avenue, Makati City Tuesday (photo courtesy of Mark Gamis via facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

 

Alain Robert, also known as "the French Spider-Man" or "the Human Spider", reacts as he interviewed by the media at the Police headquaters after climbing GT Tower in Makati, January 29, 2019. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Alain Robert, also known as “the French Spider-Man” or “the Human Spider”, reacts as he interviewed by the media at the Police headquaters after climbing GT Tower in Makati, January 29, 2019. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
 
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