Man Hanging From Trump Tower in Custody After Negotiators Resolve 13-Hour Standoff

The standoff involving a man hanging off the side of Trump Tower in Chicago has ended after more than 13 hours.

The man had been dangling from the tower's 16th-floor balcony since around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18.

Using a harness to dangle off the tower, he demanded to speak to President Donald Trump, police spokesman Tom Ahern said.

Negotiations between the man and Chicago Police, Chicago Fire Department and a SWAT team lasted several hours. After eight hours of talks, Ahern tweeted that "every effort is being made to bring a positive conclusion" to the situation.

Ahern tweeted just before 7 a.m. on Monday morning: "Situation resolved peacefully by Negotiators. Suspect in custody. No injuries."

Chicago Police later confirmed: "The incident was resolved peacefully and is now over. The subject was pulled to safety without incident."

Police had blocked off the area surrounding Trump Tower at 401 N. Wabash Ave while negotiations continued.

A large crowd of people gathered to watch the incident at the tower unfold, including some who thought it may have been a stunt to promote the upcoming Batman movie, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

On Saturday, a huge Biden-Harris logo was projected onto the Chicago Trump Tower as part of a campaign by the United Steelworkers union.

The so-called "bat light" campaign shone the Democratic presidential ticket's names in large blue letters on the side of the tower.

"The bat light project was born out of our existing political work, we wanted to be able to spread the message in a way that was COVID-friendly," Jess Kamm Broomell, spokeswoman for United Steelworkers, said in a statement.

"Mostly to let people know how important this election is, how important it is to make a plan to vote and start some conversations about these really important issues facing workers.

"We are trying to shine a light on the need to make a plan to vote. And of course, this is to reinforce our endorsement of Biden as the presidential candidate."

The United Steelworkers union represents more than 1.2 million current and former workers.

According to a recent SurveyMonkey poll of more than 7,400 likely voters, Biden is currently ahead of Trump in Illinois. The poll, conducted between September 19 and October 17, currently has Biden at 59 percent, compared to 39 percent for Trump.

In the 2016 election, Trump lost to Hilary Clinton in Illinois by 38 percent to 55.

This article has been updated with further comment from Chicago Police.

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Chicago Police park outside Trump Tower as the city continues increased security measures after widespread looting broke out early on August 12, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. A stand-off involving a man hanging off the side of the Chicago Trump Tower has lasted more than 13 hours. Getty