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UPDATE: Seaside Roller Coaster Climber Case Postponed

Judge adjourns case on Tuesday

A man who stood atop the wreckage of the water-drenched roller coaster near the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights last month was in court Tuesday but the case was adjourned, according to a report from News12.

The man, identified as 38-year-old Chris Angulo of Lavallette, climbed aboard the ruins of the Jet Star roller coaster in an effort to call attention to Sandy recovery, according to News12.

State police and local authorities worked to get the man off the wreckage.

Angulo is facing various charges related to his climb onto the wrecked roller coaster and placing an American flag at the top.

Angulo has said he's an experienced climber and used two climbing lanyards, as well as a helmet and a wetsuit.

After police talked him down and handcuffed him, they decided Angulo was in need of mental help and placed him in the psychiatric ward at St. Barnabas Hospital in Toms River, according to News12.

The television network reported a new court date has not yet been selected.

Smot Revir February 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM
@foggyworld...Are you reading he same story as I am ? It says he is an experienced climber,he had 2 climbing lanyards, a helmt, and wetsuit
Smot Revir February 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM
@paul michaelis I don't think you are protected under the First Amendment if you trespass and create a a possible risk to yourself.
Smot Revir February 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM
@JOSE....what an anal vented moron you are ! Hitler youth ? You're a JACKASS !
wookfish February 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM
and IF this a$$hole commited suicide everyone would be screaming why didn't someone do something....they are not mind readers like all of you friends of A$$HOLE
Frank Grimes February 27, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Everyone is making assumptions without having all the facts. I'm not here to pass judgement, just to provide the truth. The coaster climber had video cameras with him and contacted the radio station, so it is fair to say he wanted more attention then just placing the flag. He also absolutely needed to be rescued - the boat he brought to the ride was not tied off properly and broke free of the ride and floated away. The police asked him to come down so they would not have to call for boats and helicopter water rescue - he refused. When the police finally tired of waiting to rescue him, he came down the stairs and ran back up multiple times before the police pulled him into the boat. The act of placing the flag, while dangerous, was admirable. It was how he then conducted himself afterwards that out him in the predicament he was in. I don't understand some people's logic, even if the police knew he was an experienced climber (whatever that means since there is no training I'm aware of that teaches you to safely climb a wrecked roller coaster in a loving ocean), once they knew he was up there, how could the police just walk away? That would be a failure to do their jobs. Hope this helps clear up that this is not a black or white issue, just many shades of grey.
Wendie February 27, 2013 at 03:03 PM
YES, bernie. This guy's a hero!
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I absolutely did not need to be rescued. I had food and water and was warm. I can swim to my house in 45 minutes from there. Oh Frankie.....732854TREE
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 04:52 PM
"When the police finally tired of waiting to rescue him" Frank, you are here to provide truth but are doing a terrible job. I don't think you were there.....
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Rescue? I just got there why would I need rescue? God Bless America. Thank you Veterans.
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I was in communication with law enforcement and media. They were aware I was not suicidal. Wookie keep slapping labels. I am proud to be an American.
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I will get it back before they tear her down.....
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Boat anchored vs. submerged scrap metal.......same???? Stick to clarinet
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 05:05 PM
You are the ultimate slave. A prisoner. Free your mind. Castrate yourself. Stay inside. American Pride.
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Hang Loose....Shaka........it doesn't bite back ....ALOHA
Frank Grimes February 27, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I guess truth is all about perspective... I suppose it's subjective if you needed to be rescued or not - although you lost your fine vessel that brought you to the coaster, I am confident you could have swam to shore being load tide and calm waters. Since the water was clear, you could see any potential underwater hazards. I'm not sure how time was moving for you, but the police gave you time to get down before calling out the water rescue. I get the personal responsibility and the like, but did you really expect the police to walk away, especially after the radio station was notified and news helicopters and vans were dispatched? I must say, you did a fine job attaching the flag, it made it through multiple storms, including last night's with very high wind. You may want to consider leaving the professional tree climbing guild and joining flagpole installers local #220!
Tree ninja February 27, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Trespass. Can't just sneak that word in and expect everyone to immediately swallow it. Party foul. Try again.
A Resident February 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Seaside does not own the Jet Star nor have any control over whether it stays in the water or is removed, unless Seaside wishes to purchase it. It is privately owned and anyone going on it without permission is trespassing. Ya, it's really that simple.
A Resident February 27, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Privately owned property. Ya, simple trespassing.
mjmjr February 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Isheet Mipants February 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM
http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf There is no absolute prohibition in federal law on flying the flag twenty-four hours a day. The Flag Code states: It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness.23 There are eight sites in the United States where the flag is flown day and night under specific legal authority: Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore, Maryland;24 Flag House Square, Baltimore, Maryland;25 the United States Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, Virginia;26 Lexington, Massachusetts...Its a violation of the rules of the flag here and sec 8 of the rules of the flag! This violation is 100.00 fine and up to 30 days in jail!
whateverman February 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM
So, by this logic they'll be arresting any diver that dives a wreck? Which, BTW, is far more dangerous to the person doing it.
CPOTom February 28, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Give him credit for having some balls and giving us some positive publicity. He's far more talented than Snooki.
MEJ March 04, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Is there something wrong with being 38 years old and a surfer.
Penelope March 04, 2013 at 02:25 AM
@MEJ - there is absolutely nothing wrong with being 38 years old and a surfer. Live and let live. Age is just a number. Dave Sheldon is probably a boring old guy who's afraid to live his life. @ Tree Ninja...hang loose brotha
KC March 04, 2013 at 05:26 AM
But if he burned the flag - it would be his democratic right??? There is something wrong with that.
KC March 04, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Missing, you are so cute and so right all at the same time. :0)
KC March 04, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Technically if it is privately owned The Jet Star is trespassing on public properties where this climber had right to access. If they didn't want the Star swum or climbed upon, they should have dismantled it in a timely fashion no? If a fish gets entangled in its mess will it be brought to court as well? Fair game. I say there are bigger things to worry about then this climber. What we don't know is the attitude presented at the time of the police encounter. That is by the climber and the police. Too much testoterone can lead to big pissing matches I have seen this in life.
A Resident March 04, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Technically....it IS privately owned. And yes, it deserves to be removed as soon as feasibly possible. Of course, there is great cost in that and not a whole of companies available that can handle a job like that....so a delay is reasonable. It's not fair game. Just like if you park you car in a public lot....it's still your car and no one has the right to use it and/or climb on it.
grace March 07, 2013 at 04:06 PM
good luck chris..now here come the fines
peter festa March 07, 2013 at 05:16 PM


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