BEDMINSTER, N.J. – A 26-year-old Milford man has been charged with criminal mischief after police say he tore apart the 11th and 13th greens at Trump National Golf Course with his car in two separate incidents, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The suspect, Richard J. McEwan, was arrested at his Church Road home on Sept. 10th following an investigation, according to Robertson, who provided the following account:
On Sept. 3rd, Bedminster police were notified by an employee of the exclusive golf course at 5:30 p.m. that he had seen a vehicle doing “donuts” on the 11th hole of the golf course. The employee told police he had been standing on the fairway when he heard loud music playing, turned, and saw a Ford sedan with a single occupant driving in circles on the 11th green
A search of the area yielded a black piece of plastic labeled Ford. The damage to the grounds was estimated to be in excess of $10,000.
Five days later, on Sunday, Sept. 8th at 3:36 p.m., Bedminster Police were again called to the golf course after damage was discovered on the 13th green, estimated between $7,000 and $9,000.
A witness told police that a blue Ford compact car with a Rutgers sticker on it was seen being driven by a younger white male; the witness provided a partial license plate.
An investigation was conducted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bedminster Township Police Department. They were able to identify the vehicle in question as a 2006 Ford Focus belonging to McEwan.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10th, McEwan was taken into custody at his residence. He was charged with 3rd degree Criminal Mischief and released pending a future court date.
President Trump is a frequennt visitor at his golf course, having spent 10 days there on vacation this summer, Aug. 8-18th.
Robertson requests anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Bedminster Township Police Department at (908) 234-0585 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.