By JOHN T. WARD
The case of the mystery trail of blood along Mechanic Street was quickly solved early Thursday, Red Bank police Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.
Responding to a report of a possible assault shortly after midnight, police saw an injured man get in a car, which they followed to Riverview Medical Center about a block away.
There, they found Harold Vliet, 24, of Brick Township, bleeding from a foot.
Vliet, who McConnell said was intoxicated, told cops he’d kicked in a window of a store on Wallace Street. They checked that out, and finding nothing, returned to Mechanic Street, where they discovered a smashed window at the former Ashes Cigar Club and a trail of blood on the sidewalk, McConnell said.
Vliet was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief, and released on his own recognizance. He was also treated for a severe laceration to his foot, McConnell said.