The same man who infamously climbed to the top of the destroyed Jet Star roller coaster after Superstorm Sandy has apparently pulled off another daredevil act that resulted in his arrest.
Chris Angulo, 45, allegedly climbed to the top of the Skyscraper ride at Casino Pier before 6 a.m. Monday morning, after which police were called to the scene. Angulo placed an American flag at the top of the ride and refused to come down.
“After several contacts with Mr. Angulo by phone, he advised that he wanted an attorney for a recent arrest within another jurisdiction, in addition to assistance with ongoing personal family matters,” said Seaside Heights Police Detective Steve Korman.
Chief Thomas Boyd arrived on scene and was able to speak to Angulo by phone and, in turn, Angulo climbed down from the Skyscraper, directly after his conversation with the chief.
Once Angulo was down onto the pier, he was placed under arrest by Ptl. Chris Linnell, transported to Seaside Heights police headquarters, where he was booked and processed for defiant trespass, then transported to Community Medical Center for evaluation, Korman said.
Locally, Angulo is known for a number of incidents in the public space. He has been escorted by police out of Lavallette borough council meetings on multiple occasions over the past several years, and his arrest record dates back to 2004, when he was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. That case ended in a plea bargain.
Monday’s effort by law enforcement included officers from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit, New Jersey State Police Aviation, Seaside Heights Beach Patrol units, Seaside Heights Fire Department Station 44 and Tri-Boro First Aid.