Man Climbs to Top of Seaside Heights Ride (Again), Demands to Talk to Police
SEASIDE HEIGHTS — A man who climbed the Jet Star roller coaster after Superstorm Sandy in 2013 climbed another ride on Monday morning at Casino Pier, authorities say.
Seaside Heights police chief Tommy Boyd confirmed to the Townsquare News Network that Christopher Angulo of Lavallette started his climb of the 100-foot Skycoaster bungee attraction around 5AM and has vowed to stay up there until Boyd talks to him.
"He's all over the map. We'll deal with it," Boyd said. The State Police Aviation Unit is also on scene.
Angulo planted an American flag at the top of the Skycoaster, as he did when he climbed to the top of the Jet Star in January, 2013, to protest the slowness in aid to help storm victims. He climbed another ride, the SlingShot in October 2013, for the one year anniversary of the storm.
The rides are closed at Casino Pier per an executive order issued by Gov. Phil Murphy during the coronavirus pandemic to slow the spread of the virus. Outdoor games are allowed to be open.
Jim Murdoch of News 12 NJ said on Twitter Angulo "says he will come down after he secures an attorney to go over what he calls unfair charges against him by local police."
The Jet Star was taken down after it became partially submerged in the ocean after Sandy.
Vin Ebenau contributed to this report