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Urban climber arrested by Las Vegas police during climb

Climber said he did it to protest mask mandate
Posted at 1:34 PM, Aug 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 03:07:48-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Video of someone climbing a tall building near the Las Vegas Strip is going viral on social media.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Dori Koren posted the video on TikTok and Twitter. It has received thousands of views.

The video shows an "urban climber" ascending more than a 60-floor building, according to Koren.

Koren points out that what the climber is doing is "extremely dangerous" and "very illegal."

LVMPD officers were waiting at the top of the building to arrest the climber.

Las Vegas-based rock climber Maison Des Champs said on Instagram that he chose to scale the Las Vegas building as a protest against the mask mandate. The 22-year-old climber said that he had been scouting the Aria hotel-casino for a year before the climb.

Des Champs also encouraged everyone in his Instagram post to join a mask protest at 8 a.m. Aug. 14 on the Las Vegas Strip.

An urban climber is someone known for climbing a building or other artificial structure.

Koren is the police captain for the Las Vegas Strip.