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YouTube prankster arrested after climbing Hollywood sign

FILE - This file photo taken Friday Jan. 29,2010, shows the Hollywood sign near the top of Beachwood Canyon adjacent to Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. KTLA-TV reported Wednesday, May 25, 2016, that YouTube prankster Vitaly Zdorovestskiy was arrested after climbing the sign. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
May 26, 2016 - 8:12 AM

LOS ANGELES - A YouTube prankster has been arrested after climbing the Hollywood sign.

Los Angeles parks officials say 24-year-old Vitaly Zdorovetskiy (ze-DOOR'-uh-vest-skee) was taken into custody after clambering up the letter "D'' on Wednesday.

In video taken from atop the sign and later posted on social media, Zdorovetskiy says, "I'm all the way up, nothing can stop me." Television showed him waving a flag from his perch.

Senior Ranger Patrick Joyce tells City News Service that Zdorovetskiy could face charges including trespassing. It wasn't known if he has a lawyer.

Zdorovetskiy has more than 9 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, where his videos show off dozens of pranks.

Attempts to access the iconic sign are an ongoing problem for the city. It's surrounded by a fence and many security cameras.


This story has been corrected to show that Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's last name was misspelled Zdorovestskiy.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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