Woman base jumps from Brentwood tower, could face federal charges


ST. LOUIS – A woman, 23, attached to a parachute was stuck in a tree Thursday morning at Manchester and Hanley after base jumping off of a tower.

The tree the woman was stuck in was right next to a Communications Fund tower that is 630.91 feet tall. That is slightly taller than the Gateway Arch. The woman told Brentwood Police officers that she base jumped from the tower just before 6:00 a.m.

Emergency crews responded and got her down just before 7:00 a.m. The woman travels the country base jumping. It is unknown if she went all the way to the top of the WIL tower or not.

At about 7:13 a.m., an officer issued her a trespassing summons for trespassing on private property.

“Currently our detective bureau is looking into getting ahold of the ASUA’s office and seeing about federal charges,” because the tower is an FCC tower, according to Brentwood Police Department spokesperson Angie Hawkins.

At 300 feet up, the tower is damaged, but it is unclear if the damage is from the base jumper. This would cause more charges to be filed against the woman.

The woman now lives in Florida. Her last address in the St. Louis area was in St. Charles. Her mother lives in south St. Louis City.

“Apparently her mom drove her and apparently her mom was watching the entire thing and drove her away from the scene when she was done,” Hawkins said.

No one was injured in this incident.

A representative with the US Attorney’s Office said federal charges have not been referred to their office. 

FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter flew over the scene.

A previous version of the story named the incorrect company that owns the tower. Hubbard Radio St. Louis Human Resources Director Kristi Carson said the tower is not owned by WIL and instead it is owned by Communications Fund, which hosts several tenants. Carson said WIL is not responsible for any repairs or damage to the tower and they only have a backup signal based out of this tower in Brentwood.

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