Daredevil charged in death-defying acrobatics atop Toronto highrise
Oleg Cricket performs stunts atop a highrise in Toronto's Entertainment District. (YouTube screengrab)
A Russian daredevil has been charged for carrying out death-defying acrobatics atop a downtown Toronto tower earlier this month.
Toronto Police told the Toronto Sun Tuesday a “stunt man” was arrested and charged Nov. 12 with break-and-enter and mischief under $5,000. Another man police reckon was his cameraman was charged with those offences, plus having break-and-enter tools.
Spokesman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said police are not providing further details for fear of copycat stunts.
The CBC identified the tower-topping tumbler as Oleg Cricket, a Siberian-born acrobat who has a YouTube page filled with videos documenting similar hair-raising antics pulled off in international locales known for tall structures.
Cricket, who has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, posted video of his Toronto exploits on Monday. As of late Tuesday, it had more than 50,000 views.
He reportedly carried out the heart-racing stunts on the roof of a condo tower at 8 Mercer St., in the King St. W and John St. area.
In his video, titled “At the Top of Toronto, Canada,” he is seen walking, hopping, spinning around, and running along the building’s ledge. He pulls off sickening somersaults and handstands just inches from the edge.
According to Red Bull, an energy-drink company promoting daredevils such as celebrity skydiver Felix Baumgartner, Cricket is a “25-year-old Siberian who has zero fear of heights and is continuously pushing the sport of Urbex,” or urban exploration.
“Whether it’s climbing up crane’s ladders, hanging off buildings, leaping over buildings, or full handstands on a skyscraper’s edge, there doesn’t seem to be anything Oleg isn’t capable of doing hundreds of metres in the air,” Red Bull’s website states.