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MILWAUKEE -- Two young men climbed a crane at the Northwestern Mutual construction site in downtown Milwaukee -- putting them hundreds of feet above the city, and the camera was rolling. Police say they could face charges -- so was it worth it?

Alberto Fernandez

Alberto Fernandez and Robert Castillo

The two 18-year-olds tell FOX6 News they did it as a dare, and have no regrets.

The giant crane at the Northwestern Mutual construction site on N. Prospect is hard to miss.

"Imagine sitting on the top of that crane at the very edge," Alberto Fernandez said. " was like 'I bet you wouldn't do it.' He said 'I bet you wouldn't do it,'" Fernandez said.

Fernandez and his friend dared each other to take a very big risk.

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

"I said 'bet,' he said 'bet' and we just decided to come and scope it out," Fernandez said.

Last week, in the darkness of night, the two sneaked by security at the site and climbed the crane.

Alberto Fernandez

Alberto Fernandez

"We just ran up the wall and climbed on the crane and just got all the way up," Fernandez said.

Naturally, they filmed it.

"I was just enjoying the view like, the higher and higher we'd go up the crane," Fernandez said.

"I was just thinking about how much trouble we were going to get in," Robert Castillo said.

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

Fernandez and Castillo admit that what they did wasn't very smart.

"I was being really negative during the whole thing," Castillo said.

18-year-olds film themselves atop crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

18-year-olds film themselves atop crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

18-year-olds film themselves atop crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

18-year-olds film themselves atop crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

Police say they are investigating this incident, and Fernandez and Castillo could face criminal trespassing charges.

"It is stupid, yeah. It was stupid teenagers," Fernandez said.

But Fernandez and Castillo say social media has made it worth it.

"I was thinking about the Facebook views and about putting it up on my Snapchat," Fernandez said.

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

These young men are accepting all of the attention, even if it is negative.

"Whatever happens, happens," Fernandez said.

A Northwestern Mutual spokeswoman issued this statement to FOX6 News:

"We take the safety and security of our property very seriously. We are cooperating with Milwaukee police in their investigation of this incident, and we are working with the construction contractor to take additional steps to prevent situations like this in the future."

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

Crane at Northwestern Mutual construction site

10 comments

  • Deb Craig

    Since it’s obvious these delinquents are just looking for attention, why would Fox News air this? We should be taking down their Facebook page, not encouraging this bad behavior.

    • J J

      I was thinking the same thing. The news is giving them what they want. If they would’ve fell to their death their families would probably try suing the construction company. So typical! Hopefully the justice system makes example of these fools.

      • guest73

        You’d better believe it! They’d sue the construction company, security people, crane manufacturer, NML and anyone else they could think of. Throw the book at these idiots!

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  • head hunter

    why does fox 6 glorify these two idiots? if they would have fallen the ramifications that would follow , job shut down, workers not earning paychecks,besides if they would have fallen osha investigation, more time loss,so maybe ashley sears ought to do a story on that instead of being immature like these two jerks!!!

  • MAYHEM LIKE ME

    I mean, its kind of cool. Obviously bad things could have happened, but it didn’t.

    Anyone have a link the the video?

  • Metal Maniac

    Did they endanger anyone’s life other than their own? No… So let the kids have their fun. I’m not sure why some of these people (probably older folk) get all bent out of shape. They did not effect your life at all so lets calm down.

    • Jay

      Being a tower crane operator myself….it is worth getting bent out of shape (the news is in the wrong giving these kids the attention they want) Climbing a crane you’re not suppose to be in is a big deal….those kids could have stepped on a wire,unintentionally unplugged a connection, damaged a load line or trolley cable….if that crane fails because of something those kids did, intentional or unintentional, everyone’s life under that crane is at risk….

  • Mitch

    Who cares? They shouldn’t receive any charges, Did they damage anything? nope cool slap them on the wrist and lets move on.

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