YouTube prankster, 17, leads to traffic delays and massive police response after streaming himself live across Queensboro Bridge in NYC
- Social media star ‘Smooth Sanchez’, 17, streamed live while climbing the Queensboro Bridge on Thursday afternoon
- The stunt prompted NYPD agents to close several rush hour lanes while trying to negotiate with the teen
- Officers eventually had to scale the structure to bring Sanchez back, as thousands of viewers watched live on the Twitch app
- Sanchez was taken to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but he told police he just wanted to create viral content
- He can now face a criminal charge of breaking the law, with a prison sentence of up to 15 days
A YouTube prankster caused traffic chaos after live streaming himself scaling New York City’s Queensboro Bridge because he wanted to ‘take content to the next level’
The 17-year-old social media star, known as ‘Smooth Sanchez’, climbed the bridge around 4pm on Thursday, sparking a massive response from the NYPD.
Agents then closed several rush hour lanes as they attempted to negotiate with the teen to get out of the structure, all while filming the event in front of thousands of viewers on the Twitch app.
Sanchez’s video shows him climbing the bridge without a harness and with his phone in hand.
“I could really fall through these cracks, but it would be a worthy death,” the teen told his followers, in a desperate attempt to gain viral exposure.
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YouTube prankster Smooth Sanchez, 17, caused traffic chaos on Thursday when he livestreamed himself scaling New York City’s Queensboro Bridge because he wanted to “ take content to the next level. ”
Cops then closed a rush hour lane as they tried to negotiate with the teen to get off the building
The teen’s recording continued for over an hour as viewers donated money through the Twitch app he was streaming on
A spectator captured this dramatic image of officers climbing the bridge to take down Sanchez
Police were quick to respond to calls from drivers who found Sanchez scaling the texture in jeans and sneakers.
Initially, officers thought he might be suicidal, but Sanchez quickly clarified the situation when he spoke to them while standing on the bridge.
“I was just doing this for fun,” he shouted to the police on the ground.
“My comedy is sharp, and I just wanted to get a better picture.”
In the video, frustrated motorists can be heard honking as Sanchez’s stunt brings traffic to a complete stop.
Sanchez stayed on the bridge while fans donated money to his account through the Twitch app.
Eventually several officers donned armor and began to climb the bridge in an attempt to retrieve the teenager.
Sanchez was not taken into custody, but was instead taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, according to CBS.
‘Wow, it really isn’t that difficult. You don’t need a rope, you know, ”he joked to the officers.
The teen eventually ended his live stream when he was brought back to the ground by the police.
However, he directly shared a message with viewers before his camera fell out, saying, “ Mom, if anyone in my family is watching this, I can access all these donations through my PayPal if I get arrested.
“Ask the officers for my phone if I get arrested.”
However, Sanchez was not taken into custody, but instead taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, according to CBS.
However, agents say he can now be charged with a criminal offense, which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 days.
Officers say Sanchez can now be charged with criminal offense, punishable by up to 15 days in prison