Secret Service agents and the NYPD took a 19-year-old Hudson Valley teen into custody after attempting to get past a security checkpoint at Trump Tower with a cache of weapons on Monday, according to the Daily Voice.
Alexander Wang, of Poughquag, walked into president-elect Donald Trump’s New York headquarters at 721 Fifth Ave. around 6:35 pm. After being searched by Secret Service, a large hunting knife, a firecracker, handcuffs, a water pistol, eight feet of black rope, and a garrote were found in his backpack. Wang, a graduate of Arlington High School in Dutchess County, faces two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of fireworks after the incident.
The teen, whose full name is Alexander Yan-Nan Wang, was released Monday night on his own recognizance following his arraignment. According to The New York Post, Wang is a self-proclaimed “survivalist,” an individual who actively prepares for emergencies and always carries these weapons around with him.
Currently a sophomore at Baruch College in Manhattan, Wang is a member of the track team. His favorite saying is “Let your will be done,” according to the Baruch website.