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Swiss tourist arraigned in NYC high-rise drone crash

October 23, 2018 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Swiss tourist accused of accidentally flying a drone into a midtown Manhattan office tower has been arraigned on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.

Paolo Prosetti was released without bail Tuesday and is due back in court Nov. 5.

Authorities say Prosetti’s drone crashed into the 21st floor of a building on Broadway near West 54th Street on Sunday, leaving a hole in a window. No one was injured.

Police say the 28-year-old was arrested Monday after he went back to the building to retrieve the drone.

The criminal complaint says he “recklessly” caused more than $250 worth of property damage.

A Legal Aid Society attorney representing Prosetti did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Drone flights are banned in New York City except in some parks.