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Bar patrons refused drinks charged in $700,000 Trump Tower flood

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Updated: March 20, 2014 6:36AM

After they were refused service at the Trump Towers 16th floor bar over the weekend, three suburban men allegedly turned on a water valve in a stairway in the ritzy hotel, causing over $700,000 in water damage.

Two elevators and some marble flooring, wall and ceilings were damaged as a result of the men’s actions, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said.

Carl Koenemann and Benjamin Nitch, both 25, appeared in a bond hearing Tuesday, and Daniel T. Maradei, 24, of Hanover Park, appeared before Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. on Wednesday.

The men had gone to the hotel’s bar where they were served one drink Saturday night, Antonietti said.

Afterward, they were denied additional drinks because they appeared intoxicated, Antonietti said.

Koenemann, Nitch, and Maradei, then tripped up an alarm when they went down a fire exit stairwell, the prosecutor said.

The men then allegedly turned on a water valve on the sixth floor that shoots 250 gallons of water out a minute.

As the water gushed for 10 minutes before engineers could shut the valve off, the men walked down the stairwell and out of the hotel, Antonietti said.

Koenemann, of Des Plaines, allegedly told police that “Ben did it.”

And Nitch, of Barrington, allegedly told police his friend was culpable.

Nitch told police he may have slipped in his drunken state and grabbed onto the valve to gain balance, Antonietti said.

He later admitted he yanked open the valve because he was angry for not being served at the bar, Antonietti said.

Maradei allegedly told authorities he was present when one of his two friends opened the valve.

Koenemann, who Chicago Police say works in the corporate offices of Walgreens, Nitch and Maradei were released following their bond hearing but must remain on electronic monitoring while they await trial.

All three were charged with criminal damage to property.


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