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YouTube prankster arrested after climbing Hollywood sign

Friday, May 27, 2016,12:35 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

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 yesterday.

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.