French Climber Foiled at Houston Skyscraper

IN BRIEF / TEXAS From Times Wire Reports

A daredevil climber known as the French "Spiderman" who has scaled skyscrapers around the globe was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass as he tried to clamber up a Houston office building, authorities said.

Alain Robert, 43, dashed from a taxi to the 46-story One Houston Center but was stopped as he was starting his ascent. Police said a reporter had tipped them off to Robert's plans.

"A tall officer was able to grab his ankles," Houston police spokesman Alan Wright said.