YouTube star Ben Schneider walks between abandoned LA skyscrapers in ‘scary’ stunt: video

A thrill-seeker was caught on video tightrope walking across two abandoned Los Angeles skyscrapers and is now being pursued by police.

Using a slackline and wearing a safety harness, Ben Schneider slowly but surely walked across two graffiti-covered towers about 500 feet from the ground. According to KNBC.

The 28-year-old managed to move from one side to the other, keeping his balance with his arms outstretched as several of his pals caught his heart pounding. moments on tapeIncluding the help of drones.

Earlier this month, Ben Schneider posted a video on YouTube of him walking a tightrope between two towers. Ben Schneider / KABC

The life-threatening stunt was then posted online.

“I was so scared. I was looking down…When you’re scared you start shaking, and when you shake the line shakes and then you fall.” told ABC 7 Los Angeles.

“I didn’t want to fall. I just needed to calm down.”

He told the station that while the building was under police guard, his friends held up religious signs as decoys and he snuck into one of the vacant buildings and climbed onto the roof.

“The police are definitely after me. That’s why it’s very dangerous for me to do this interview,” he added during the interview.

The 28-year-old successfully moved from one side to the other while keeping his arms extended to maintain his balance. Several friends, with the help of a drone, captured his heart-pounding moment on tape. Ben Schneider / KABC
Los Angeles police said they are currently investigating the video of the daredevil stunt. Ben Schneider / KABC

“There’s a police officer over there,” Schneider said, pointing to a police car. “If that officer turns his head and looks at me, I’m going to jail… With great risk comes great reward.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it has launched an investigation into the stunt. According to the Los Angeles Times.

“It is unsafe and poses a risk to trespassers, the general public, and public safety personnel, including the fire department, in the event of an emergency,” the department said in a statement.

The building had been under construction for years until developers ran out of money in 2019, leaving it a wasteland and a magnet for graffiti artists, the paper said.