Taylor Swift suspect charged in Trump golf course damage

Carla Harmon
September 11, 2019

Richard Joseph McEwan, 26, of Milford, New Jersey, has been charged by police for the damage they claim he caused to the green on two of the holes, which totaled almost $20,000.

McEwan was not wearing shoes when he was arrested in Swift's beachfront mansion last month. The two golf-course joyrides on September 3 and Sunday capped a freakish nine-day span that started when broke into Swift's home on August 30 and took off his shoes to be polite.

The "You Need to Calm Down" singer was not home on August 30 when McEwan triggered a burglar alarm, drawing police to her five-acre property.

Two weeks ago, McEwan was arrested in Rhode Island for allegedly breaking into pop superstar Taylor Swift's beach home. The Westerly Sun newspaper in Rhode Island said that McEwan hopped a fence and broke a glass door to enter Swift's home.

According to a news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's office, he was released following his arrest "pending a future court date".

McEwan told investigators he removed his orange shoes, because he was taught to be respectful as a guest in someone else's home.

Days later, police say McEwan was back at it in his home state.

It wasn't long before cops allege McEwan struck again, this time spinning his vehicle out near the 13th hole at 3:36 p.m. Sunday.

Cops connected McEwan to the first incident by a piece of the Ford left behind.

The latest incident happened Sunday afternoon: A witness reported seeing a blue Ford sedan with a Rutgers University sticker driving on the 13th green of one course.

McEwan caused at least at least $17,000 in damage, police said.

As a result of the investigation, Bedminster Police officers, equipped with the partial license plate of the actor, were able to identify the vehicle in question as a 2006 Ford Focus belonging to Richard J. McEwan of Milford, New Jersey. He's charged with breaking and entering and willful trespassing in Rhode Island.

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