Baruch College student Alexander Wang is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of fireworks

By Char Adams
December 13, 2016 02:39 PM
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A New York City college student is facing charges after allegedly entering Trump Tower Monday with a knife, fireworks and a garrote, PEOPLE confirms.

Alexander Wang, 19, a student at Baruch College, was arrested Monday and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of fireworks after trying to enter the Manhattan building, a New York Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

The teen allegedly entered the building at about 6:30 p.m. and his backpack set off a metal detector, prompting Secret Service officials to search his belongings, an NYPD spokesman tells PEOPLE.

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Officials found an eight-foot black rope, handcuffs, both a Swiss Army knife and a knife with a six-inch blade, an M-180 firework, a laptop, an empty water gun and a garrote — a wire-like device used for strangulation, the official says.

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Wang’s father told police his son has autism and that he’s a Trump supporter who simply likes Trump Tower, according to a police spokesman.

The spokesman says police are looking to determine why he had the items at the building.

He was in police custody Tuesday afternoon awaiting arraignment, the spokesman says. He has not yet entered a plea.