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updated: 2/19/2014 9:25 PM

Suburban men charged with damaging Trump Tower

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  • Benjamin Nitch

    Benjamin Nitch

  • Carl Koenemann

    Carl Koenemann

  • Daniel T. Maradei

    Daniel T. Maradei


Three suburban men are accused of flooding an area of the luxury Trump Tower in Chicago with dirty water and causing more than $700,000 in damage Saturday after the trio were denied service in the hotel bar, authorities said.

Daniel T. Maradei, 24, of 4100 block of N. Woodlake Drive in Hanover Park, appeared in bond court Wednesday on a felony charge of criminal damage to property.

Carl Koenemann, 25, of the 1200 block of East Harding Drive in Des Plaines, and Benjamin Nitch, 25, of the 800 block of East Hillside in Barrington, were arrested Sunday, also on charges of criminal damage to property.

The men were served a round of drinks at Trump Tower's 16th-floor bar, but were denied more service because they appeared too intoxicated, Cook County State's Attorney Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

Video captured the men just before 6 p.m. entering a hotel stairwell, Simonton said. Nitch confessed to turning on a high-pressure water valve that spewed 250 gallons a minute for 10 minutes, Simonton said.

The water pouring out was black, with a "strong, musty odor," Simonton said.

Two elevators, marble flooring, walls and a ceiling were damaged, according to Simonton.

The damage just to the elevators was pegged at $700,000.

Koenemann and Nitch are free on bond but were placed on electronic home monitoring, authorities said. Maradei is being held in Cook County jail on $100,000 bail.

All three are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 24.

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