Man who scaled 54-story Ritz-Carlton in downtown L.A. was antiabortion protester, group says

A man was arrested Tuesday after climbing almost to the top of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.


A man was arrested after climbing near the top of the 54-story Ritz-Carlton skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The man was reported climbing the hotel-condo tower shortly before 9 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Officer Melissa Podany.

Video posted on Twitter shows an antiabortion banner hung on the side of the Ritz-Carlton and what appears to be a person standing outside the building.


The Indiana-based group Let Them Live claimed that the person was Maison DesChamps, a protester who has scaled other skyscrapers and buildings to bring attention to the antiabortion movement.

DesChamps notified the organization that he would be climbing the Ritz-Carlton, the group’s president, Emily Berning, said in an email. The group said it wants to give women “another choice besides abortion by offering financial support.”

Let Them Live said it does not plan to pay DesChamps’ legal fees, and it’s unclear what charges he may face.

The man was arrested around 9:30 a.m., according to the LAPD. Police did not immediately identify him as DesChamps.

DesChamps scaled the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco in May, when a leaked draft opinion signaled that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe vs. Wade.