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Abortion Rights Opponent Arrested After Climbing Salesforce Tower in SF

The climber, identified as a 22-year-old man from Las Vegas, was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest, police said

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An man who identifies himself as an abortion rights opponent scaled the 61-floor Salesforce Tower in San Francisco Tuesday morning before being arrested as he reached the top of the skyscraper.

Police said Maison Deschamps, 22, of Las Vegas was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest following his free-climb up the side of the 1,070-foot tower, the tallest in the city.

Deschamps says he's scaling buildings to bring attention to his cause.

Sam Dewitt joins NBC Bay Area to discuss witnessing a person climbing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Police said citizens flagged down officers at about 9:21 a.m. to inform them someone was climbing the tower.

Deschamps continued to scale the building and eventually reached the top at about 10:50 a.m.

Authorities waiting on the roof appeared to handcuff Deschamps before escorting him into the building.

Witness Sam Dewitt said he came out of his office across the street from the tower, looked up and spotted Deschamps about 10 floors from the top.

"Seemed like he scaled a pretty tall building in pretty short order," Dewitt said.

SFPD Public Information Officer Robert Rueca joins NBC Bay Area to discuss a person climbing the Salesforce Tower.
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