September 1, 2009

‘Spider-man’ jailed after 88-story climb

A Frenchman whose penchant for climbing tall structures has earned him the nickname Spider-man was jailed Tuesday after scaling an 88-story tower in Malaysia.

Robert Alain, 46, used no special equipment to reach the top of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported. He had failed in two previous attempts in 1997 and 2007, the Malaysian news agency said.

Alain, wearing a dark T-shirt and jeans, took about two hours to reach his goal about 8 a.m. local time.

Police took him into custody while they investigated the possibility of charging him with trespassing.