Three charged in Trump Tower flooding

Carl Koenemann, left, Daniel Maradei, center, and Benjamin. (Chicago Police Department)

Updated 2-18

A third man has been charged with flooding parts of Trump Tower, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, after he and two friends were denied service at a bar because they were intoxicated, police said.

Daniel T. Maradei, of the 4100 block of Woodlake Drive in Hanover Park, was charged with felony criminal damage to property and was due in court today, authorities said.

His two friends, Carl Koenemann, 25, of Des Plaines, Benjamin Nitch, 25, of Barrington, were charged earlier in the week.

The three men were at a bar on the 16th floor of Trump Tower to order drinks shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, prosecutors said, when they were refused service for acting intoxicated.

Rather than leave the hotel entirely, they were caught on video taking a fire exit staircase to the hotel's sixth floor, where they turned a water valve, releasing thousands of gallons of dirty water onto the floor and flooding two elevators, according to court records. The damage to the elevators alone totaled more than $700,000, prosecutors said. The water valve, which expels an average of 250 gallons of water per minute, was left open for ten minutes, prosecutors said.

The water was "black, with a strong musty odor," county prosecutor Erin Antonietti said, and it caused "extensive damage" to several areas of the hotel at 401 N. Wabash Ave., including the elevator shafts.

Nitch and Koenemann, both charged with criminal damage to property, were brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Both were released on $100,000 I-bonds with electronic home monitoring required.

Maradei is due to appear in court Wednesday.

 

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