‘French Spider-Man’ arrested after scaling Manila skyscraper

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French urban climber Alaine Robert, popularly known as "Spider-Man", is taken away by police after scaling the 47-Storey GT Tower Building at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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A man looks out a window as Alain Robert, also known as “the French Spider-Man” or “the Human Spider,” climbs the GT Tower in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 29, 2019. (Marcus Aliwalas/via Reuters)
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The 56-year old adventurer climbed the 47-storey GT Tower without safety equipment, leaving watchers on the ground staring agape. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)
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Alain Robert, also known as “the French Spider-Man” or “the Human Spider,” climbs GT Tower in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 29, 2019, in this still image taken from video from social media. (Marischelle Macapagal/via Reuters)
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Alain Robert, also known as “the French Spider-Man” or “the Human Spider,” climbs GT Tower in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 29, 2019. (Marcus Aliwalas/via Reuters)
Updated 29 January 2019

‘French Spider-Man’ arrested after scaling Manila skyscraper

  • French urban free climber Alain Robert scaled one of Manila's tallest towers
  • He has previously climbed Dubai's world's tallest tower the Burj Khalifa

MANILA: French urban free climber Alain Robert was arrested on Tuesday, police said, after he scaled one of Manila’s tallest towers in his latest high-risk ascent.
The 56-year old adventurer dubbed the “French Spider-Man” climbed the 47-story GT Tower without safety equipment, leaving watchers on the ground staring in amazement.
“This is my path, this is my way of living. It is as important to me as eating, sleeping. I need that. It keeps me alive,” he told reporters after completing the climb.
Police were less enthusiastic about the stunt and took him into custody as soon as he reached the ground after the roughly two-hour climb up and down the building.
He was being held on a charge of public disturbance and was awaiting a decision from prosecutors on bail.

Robert has scaled more than 100 structures without ropes or other safety equipment, setting a record for “most buildings climbed unassisted” according to Guinness World Records.
His successes include many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and iconic buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — where he used suction devices and a safety rope as it has no hand or footholds.
However in June he was foiled when he attempted to ascend a Seoul skyscraper, getting more than half way up the 123-story Lotte World Tower before security forced him to abort.
Robert has suffered several severe falls while climbing and estimates his accidents have left him 66 percent disabled. He has been arrested numerous times for his exploits.


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  • More than one officer has been shot in standoff
  • Police looking for two shooters — a man and a woman

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