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Stunt Man In Gorilla Suit Climbs Broadcast Tower

April 29, 1985 GMT

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) _ A stunt man wearing a gorilla suit climbed a 2,000-foot broadcasting tower Monday, then safely parachuted to ground where he was promptly arrested, authorities said.

Donald W. Trest, 29, of Houston, was charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, Fort Bend County sheriff’s Lt. T. Milton Ray said. Bond was set at $1,000.

Deputies learned about 8 a.m. that a man in a gorilla suit was climbing the tower, Ray said. About 50 feet from the top, he opened his parachute and jumped, Ray said.

Trest told the arresting officer, Deputy Sheriff Charles Gasser, that he climbed the tower for publicity.

The broadcast tower is located outside Missouri City, about 20 miles south of Houston.

Two weeks ago, Trest tried to scale a downtown Houston office building, but came down after authorities asked him to stop.

In November, Trest donned a Peter Pan costume, climbed to the top of the Astrodome and unfurled a banner that read: ″With Michael Jackson’s Help, We Can Beat It - Cancer.″