BEDMINSTER, NJ -- A Hunterdon County man has been charged after more than $25,000 worth of vandalism was reported earlier this month at Trump National Golf Course.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, the Bedminster Township Police Department received a call reporting property damage to Trump National Golf Course, on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Bedminster Township Chief of Police, Karl M. Rock announced the arrest of Richard J. McEwan, age 26, of Milford on Tuesday.
According to the report, around 5:30 p.m., a golf course employee reported seeing a vehicle doing “donuts” on the 11th hole of the golf course. Amid the reported sound of loud music, a Ford sedan occupied by one person was driving recklessly on the 11th hole. A search of the area yielded a black piece of plastic labeled Ford that was left behind at the scene. The damage to the grounds was estimated to be more than $10,000
Five days later, on Sunday afternoon, Bedminster Township Police responded to Trump National Golf Course for a second report of a vehicle driving on the green of the 13th hole, which caused damage estimated to be between $7,000. and $9,000. Upon arrival of officers, a witness advised police that a blue Ford compact car with a Rutgers sticker on it was seen being driven by a younger white male.
As a result of the investigation, Bedminster Police officers, equipped with the partial license plate of the suspect, were able to identify the vehicle in question as a 2006 Ford Focus belonging to McEwan, who was taken into custody Tuesday without incident and charged with third-degree Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a future court date.