Dan Stamm

‘Smoky' Photo Shoot on Top of Center City Hotel Leads to Homeland Security Response, Arrest: Police

A dramatic photo session on top of a Center City hotel led to a response from Homeland Security and an arrest, according to police.

Ivan Wong, 28, of Edison, New Jersey is charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass.

Police say Wong and a woman were on top of the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel on 200 South Broad Street Monday night. Wong was taking pictures of the woman and tried to use smoke bombs and other chemicals to create a smoke effect for the photos, police told NBC10.

Both police and Homeland Security officials were alerted to the hotel and Wong and the woman were taken into custody, investigators said. They continued to search through the hotel but did not find any other suspicious materials.

No one was hurt during the incident and the hotel was never evacuated.

Police say Wong was released after signing a summary citation. The woman was not charged.

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