Florida police have arrested the 18-year old son of former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney after they caught him defacing a symbol at Trump National Golf Club.
He spray painted BLM (Black Lives Matter) on a symbol at Trump’s golf links .
The disappointed former Republican congressman said his son “made a mistake” and “would pay the worth for it.”
“Hopefully he learns a lesson and moves forward during a positive way,” Rooney added. “He’s gonna plead guilty thereto .”Thomas Joseph J. Rooney was booked into the county jail early Tuesday. He faces one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief causing property damage of $200 or less, consistent with court records.
Rooney told Jupiter police he did it “because of unequal treatment within the justice system,” consistent with the arrest report.
“B.L.M.” is an abbreviation for the “black lives matter” movement.
Jail records indicate Rooney was released on his own recognizance about four hours after being booked into jail.
According to police records, Trump National Golf Club reported the vandalism at 10:50 p.m. Monday.
A security officer at the club said he saw someone on a security camera spray-painting the sign before “walking westbound on Donald Ross Rd.,” the report said.A Jupiter policeman conducted a traffic stop for a suspected tag light violation nearby. the driving force “matched the suspect’s description and a can of black spray paint” was found, consistent with the police report.
Rooney is scheduled to seem in Palm Beach County court for a July 29 arraignment.