Video: Daredevil 'Spider-Dan' scales skyscraper

Image: Dan Goodwin
Mike Kepka  /  AP
San Francisco Fire Department officials help Dan Goodwin, also known as Spider Dan, as he hangs an American flag at the top of the Millennium Tower on Mission Street on Monday. Goodwin used suction cups but no ropes to scale the 645-foot residential building overlooking San Francisco Bay. Police say he ignored orders to stop climbing.
updated 9/7/2010 3:10:20 PM ET 2010-09-07T19:10:20

San Francisco police arrested a man who scaled the exterior of a 58-story downtown skyscraper Monday and unfurled an American flag at the top.

Police told KCBS radio that the man was veteran skyscraper climber Dan Goodwin. The 54-year-old Lake Tahoe resident's other climbing credits include Chicago's Sears Tower.

Goodwin, also known as "Spider Dan," used suction cups but no ropes to scale Millennium Tower, a 645-foot residential building overlooking San Francisco Bay. He ignored orders to stop climbing, police said.

Goodwin was too high to reach by the time firefighters arrived at the building, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

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Goodwin reached the top just before 5:30 p.m., about three hours after he began. He affixed an American flag to the building before surrendering to waiting authorities.

In a statement posted on his website, Goodwin said he climbed the building to call attention to what he described as the ongoing vulnerability of skyscrapers to terrorist attacks.

He also said he wanted to inspire patients battling cancer, which he said he overcame to continue climbing.

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