A Polish freestyle climber was arrested while taking on a skyscraper in Argentina

A Polish daredevil known as the Silesian Spider-Man is facing a potential two-year prison sentence after climbing a 30-story skyscraper in Buenos Aires using only his bare hands. 

Thrill-seeker Marcin Banot was spotted wearing a No.10 Lionel Messi football shirt as he ascended the 125-metre Globant Tower in the capital city without any harness or safety ropes.

After being reported by someone inside the building, more than 30 firefighters, along with ambulances and police, rushed to the scene. As he reached the 25th floor, Banot was intercepted by firemen, who then handed him over to the police.

The 36-year-old has since been charged with 'violating the privacy of a home or commercial premises,’ which carries a penalty of six months to two years in prison. He may also face a fine, as the city’s Minister of Security and Justice, Waldo Wolff announced. 

Given the irresponsibility of this individual, who is detained and at the disposal of Justice, the professionalism of our brigades was essential to avoid any tragic outcome. Consequently, we will ask the Justice Department to have the offender pay the cost of the operation” – he wrote on social media. 

Banot, who boasts over 300,000 followers on Instagram, has a long history of urban climbing. His past exploits include scaling the UK’s 152-metre Humber Bridge to raise money for a girl suffering from cancer, a 305-metre chimney in Romania, the 115-metre Hotel Melia Barcelona Sky, as well as numerous abandoned factory chimneys in his home region of Silesia.


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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen