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CNN Producers Arrested Trying to Climb WTC Fence

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    Two CNN producers were arrested at the World Trade Center site Tuesday after allegedly trying to push through a gate and climb a fence, police said. Brynn Gingras reports. (Published Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014)

    Two CNN producers were arrested at the World Trade Center site Tuesday after allegedly trying to push through a gate and climb a fence, police said.

    Port Authority police said the employees, Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, allegedly tried to enter the site at Vesey and Washington streets, but were stopped by a police officer.

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    The producers, who were carrying a GoPro camera and a camera on a tripod, are accused of telling the officer that if a 16-year-old boy could get in, they should be able to as well.

    Police say the men then walked toward the PATH station entrance and Boals was seen trying to climb the fence there before he was stopped.

    They then tried to push their way through a gate, and were arrested at that point, police said.

    Both are charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration.

    A CNN spokeswoman said the producers "were not asked to sneak onto the WTC site. They were in the surrounding area to do a story about the recent incidents at the WTC and other sites, and the notion that daredevils are being drawn to them."

    The alleged security breach attempt comes a day after three extreme-skydiving enthusiasts were arrested for a parachute jump off the 1,776-foot trade center last fall.

    That and the breach by the teenage boy have raised questions about security at the lower Manhattan site, which is supposed to be one of the most tightly protected in the country. The site is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.