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Base Jumpers Caught Bragging at the W Hotel Foshay Tower

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January 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

Busted. That's what happened to three party-goers at the W Minneapolis on New Year's Eve who were arrested for base-jumping 32 stories off the Foshay Tower, the 80-year-old building which houses the W Hotel.

Investigators said David Juntunen, 36, of Minneapolis and three other men took the elevator up to the 30th floor around 1 p.m. Wednesday and bought tickets to the observation deck. Officials said the men then walked up one floor higher and used a wrench to unbolt a ceiling gate. That is where police said Juntunen jumped more than 400-feet with a parachute. The group video taped the jump and left without incident.

Apparently these base-jumpers didn't know the first rule of committing a crime (if indeed base-jumping is a crime.) The trio partied in the hotel's living room bar with a laptop and were overheard bragging about the jump, even showing some video they took to other peeps at the bar. Hotel security called the police, who arrived to arrest the trio. They resisted arrest and are now cooling their heels in jail, accused of obstructing the legal process.

Archived Comments:

base jumping is not a crime!

I don't know why all these people are getting in trouble for BASE Jumping.. If someone wants to jump off the side of a building with a parachute - who cares? It's their choice! If the parachute doesn't open and they end up splatting on the blacktop - well its their choice!

Base Jump

Is it my choice if the idiot with a parachute that doesn't open lands on me??? These three were not even smart enough to keep it on the DL in the hotel they just jumped from.