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Brick Man Charged With Vandalizing Drum Point Sports Complex

Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr
Handcuffs (Shorebeat File Photo/ banspy/ Flickr)

Brick police have arrested a township man and charged him with criminal mischief after an investigation showed he vandalized the Drum Point Sports Complex.

David Rivera Jr., 27, of Drum Point Road, is charged in the incident, during which police say dugouts, traffic signals, street signs and other property had been defaced by what looked like orange marker ink.  All the items that were defaced had a similar “tag” which was “King 718,” Capt. Ron Dougard said.

Police were first alerted to the vandalism on Monday when off-duty Lavallette class II special police officer Joe Bench called Brick police and told them he saw a man spray painting traffic light poles in the area of Drum Point Road. Bench gave a description of the suspect and officers responded to the area, though they were unable to locate the man at the time.


The following day, police were called to the sports complex numerous instances of graffiti and other vandalism, Dougard said.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Detective George Waldhelm of the Brick Township Police Criminal Identification Unit observed a suspect matching the description from the previous day walking in the area of Drum Point Road and Brick Boulevard.  Detectives Kenneth Steinberg and Greg Mullarkey of the Brick Township Police Investigations Division responded to the scene and began working on the case, Dougard said.

Steinberg and Mullarkey were able to positively identify the man as the person who had committed the acts of criminal mischief the day before, and placed him into custody.  In addition, the marker that is believed to have been used was also seized, Dougard said.

Rivera was transported to Brick Police Headquarters where he was processed and released on one count of criminal mischief. Additional charges are pending review by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Dougard said.

The investigation is continuing and anyone who believes that they may have observed additional areas that were damaged is asked to contact Detective Kenneth Steinberg at 732-262-1113.  They can also contact the Brick Township Police directly at 732-262-1100.

A photo of Rivera was not released.

  • Jon Koehler

    Kings is a Hispanic Gang. This is serious tuuf 27yrs old gang banger marking turf.

    • Trevor

      Not likely. Just a loser trying to be cool. Still should be thrown in jail for some time. Low life 27yo, how about getting a job.

    • JW

      I think the Feds arrested a Latin King capo off Lanes Mill Road about 10 years ago. They shut down roads and put the schools on lockdown. It’s no secret that there’s a lot of higher-level gang leaders down in Brick and Toms River. They commute up to their turf. Check the state casino blacklist- most of the Mafia capos list primary residences in Brick or Toms River.

      • That’s correct. He was a leader of the Philadelphia Latin Kings. He had been hiding out in the Sutton Village condominiums.

      • SoWhat?

        Didnt the Latin Kings play summerfest last year on doo wop oldies night?

      • Missy Cranshaw

        you’re all retarded and hypocritical and passing judgment on wrong person and definitely over exaggerating! it is not a big deal and not andrug or gang thing and their is no gangs in brick!

      • Frank Rizzo

        You should move.

      • JW

        Why? So you can be alone in your stupidity?

  • Cosmo J Occhiogrosso

    Daniel, did the police state whether or not he was armed?

  • Average Joe

    Part of his punishment should be spent cleaning up the mess he made.

    • JJones

      Free labor for grounds clean up….as part of community service ..if no show ..than jail…

  • Missy Cranshaw

    Jeez pasing judgement on some guy with a marker. how low and retarded and backwards you all are! very hypocritical he is not a threat to society it is not a gang or drug thing people tag names all over the usa it is not a big deal calm down and grow up people geez stop over exaggerating! the most he should get is community service or House arrest this is definitely not no jail time thing this is baby minor stuff nothing serious! you’re all like in high school trash talking on the internet go pass judgment on your hypocritical selves !