Two Asbury Park Cops Accused of Vandalizing Complainant’s Cars

(Asbury Park Police Dept)

Two police officers are accused of vandalizing two cars owned by a citizen who had filed administrative complaints against them.

Monmouth County prosecutors say the Asbury Park officers — 26-year-old Thomas Dowling and 29-year-old Stephen Martinsen — both face eight charges overall, including criminal mischief and weapons counts. Both were arrested Tuesday.

The charges stem from separate vandalism incidents that recently occurred in Neptune and in Asbury Park. They say the vehicles’ tires were slashed and other damage occurred.

Authorities say the acts occurred several days after the citizen filed the complaint, but they didn’t disclose further details about the allegations.

Dowling, who was a special officer, has been fired. Martinsen, a full-time officer, was suspended without pay.