The 19-year-old continued in the direction of West Berlin. When he realized that the border guards were pursuing him with tracking dogs, Rolf-Dieter Kabelitz turned around and ran back towards the S-Bahn tracks. He dropped his bag containing a shirt, sweater, toiletry bag and other personal belongings so that he could run better.
Wolfgang Hoffmann stood at the control gate of the Friedrichstrasse station border crossing at 10:40 p.m. Although he did not have a visa, he demanded entry; he had probably been drinking. He was sent away but continued to insist that he be allowed to visit his mother.
The two men crossed the small canal, camped out right next to the stretch metal fence of the border grounds and waited for it to get dark. At 11:30 at night they threw their blankets over the metal fence to protect themselves from the sharp edges and climbed over it. They left most of their luggage on the west side.
A month later, on October 2, Dieter Beilig climbed on top of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate. It is not known whether his action that Saturday morning was supposed to be an expression of support or opposition to the "new east policies" pursued by the former mayor of Berlin. When he ran along the Wall, West Berlin policemen demanded that he get down.