"Oh right, the alarm button."
He could have simply pressed the alarm button.
Elevator-fire trader Ryan Brinkerhoff just went back for jacket, attorney says
By Sergey Kadinsky and Jonathan Lemire
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, January 26th 2009, 2:10 AM
The commodities trader who drunkenly ignited a fire in the freight elevator at 7 World Trade Center made his inebriated late-night visit to the tower only to retrieve a forgotten jacket, his lawyer said Sunday.
Ryan Brinkerhoff, 24, of Jersey City was ashen-faced as he sat in Manhattan Criminal Court during his arraignment on arson charges. He told cops he set the blaze to try to escape the elevator in which he had trapped himself.
Prosecutors asked for $30,000 in bail, but Brinkerhoff was released on his own recognizance after his attorney argued that his client was not a flight risk and did not have any malicious intent.
"It's his first job in New York, [and] he has not had a remote run-in with the law," said lawyer Leon Borstein. "He just went to his office to get his jacket."
Brinkerhoff had stumbled into the gleaming skyscraper at 3:10a.m. Sunday and tried to take the elevator to the 34th-floor offices of DRW Commodities.
He got off on the wrong floor and, after realizing his mistake, staggered back onto a freight elevator and landed on the 40th floor.
Because a fingerprint ID was needed to exit the lift there, he was imprisoned until he used a can of cleaner to ignite a fire that automatically sent the elevator to the ground floor.
Brinkerhoff, who recently transferred from his firm's Chicago office, declined comment. He is due in court April 22.
But of course ... Chicago!
Great shots of a great building, thanks.
Elegant in its simplicity. Beautiful building.
Yeah, and in just a few more years it will have a neighboring tall big brother!!
A pic I took today on my way to the Financial District to look for some hot guys.
Please give a full report on the outcome of your hunting expedition ...
Is that an offer? Haha.
Back to topic or we'll be yelled at.
Happy Valentine's Day, anyway ...