Crane climber appears in Toronto court, gets bail

A woman charged after scaling a downtown Toronto crane, forcing a rescue that made headlines across the country, was granted bail at a court appearance today.

'The fact that she did it, did not surprise me,' said Sara Burton, a friend of Marisa Lazo

Charged with six counts of public mischief, Marisa Lazo received bail at a court appearance on Thursday. (Nicholas Boisvert/CBC)

The woman who scaled a construction crane in downtown Toronto and forced a daring rescue by emergency crews received bail at a court appearance today.

Marisa Lazo, 23, was granted release on $500 bail on the condition she not enter construction sites or go on any rooftops.

The spotlight was on Lazo outside of Toronto's Old City Hall courthouse on Thursday. (Nicholas Boisvert/CBC)

She was arrested yesterday after an hours-long rescue by Toronto Fire Services. The spectacle drew a crowd at the scene and attention on screens around the world. 

Lazo was charged with six counts of public mischief.

At least two of Lazo's friends were at the courthouse, and told reporters gathered outside that to their best knowledge, Lazo does not have mental health issues. 

"The fact that she did it did not surprise me, or her ability to do it," said Sara Burton, who identified herself as a friend of Lazo's. "Because she's always been an adventure-seeking girl, there for the thrill of it."

An Instagram account belonging to Lazo featured several photos of the 23-year-old standing or dangling her feet on the ledge of Toronto buildings.

A photo posted to Lazo's Instagram account shows her standing on a building's high ledge. (Instagram)
Shown is another image from Lazo's Instagram account, which has been taken down. (Instagram)

The account has since been taken down.

Lazo is due to appear in court again in May.

Toronto crane climber's friend speaks

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4 years ago
Sarah Burton, friend of Marisa Lazo who was rescued from a 12 storey crane, describes Lazo as am "adventure-seeking girl." 0:32


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