The man police say has been mutilating trees in downtown Red Bank was spotted by redbankgreen doing exactly that on Monmouth Street Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Red Bank police have charged an Asbury Park man in a recent vandalism spree that targeted street trees downtown.
Edward Williams, 41, was arrested Friday after being identified from surveillance video yanking out a potted tree on Broad Street during Sunday’s Street Fair to benefit the Police Benevolent Association, when hundreds of people were present, according to Chief Darren McConnell.
Red Bank police are now investigating repeated acts of vandalism on street trees after young specimens on Monmouth Street were attacked a second time Wednesday night, just hours after a post-attack pruning by the Shade Tree Committee.