On December 5, 2014, Andrea McNulty, 40, was arrested by the Riverside Township Police as result of an underage drinking party that she permitted to be held at her Cleveland Avenue home. Her arrest is the result of an investigation into the incident that occurred on November 15, 2014 at approximately 0012hrs, in which police were dispatched to her Cleveland Avenue residence for the report of a large party and a fight. It was reported that three males beat a male juvenile unconscious and left him bleeding profusely from the head face down on McNulty’s front lawn.
Upon arrival, officers observed over 50 subjects, believed to be juveniles or young adults, running from the area. Neighbors identified the owner of the residence as Andrea McNulty and stated that she was present during the party. It was also reported that upon police arrival, McNulty went into the house and turned off the lights.
In attempt to find the young male victim of the reported aggravated assault, police attempted to make contact with McNulty or anyone else in attendance at the party. Officers made several attempts by knocking at the front and rear doors of the residence but neither McNulty nor anyone else came to the door. Numerous empty and partially filled cans and bottles of alcoholic beverages were on the front porch and lawn of the property. Patrol officers were unable to locate the injured person. Police later learned that the victim was taken from the location by unknown friends and eventually taken to the hospital by his family as a result of his injuries sustained from the fight.
Additionally, police responding to the call observed a vehicle leaving the area in a reckless manner. The vehicle was stopped and the male juvenile operating the motor vehicle was found to be under the influence of alcohol. The male juvenile and the vehicle’s four occupants were found to have been in attendance at McNulty’s house party. The driver was arrested for DWI. He was released to a parent along with the other occupants.
Neighbors complained of damage to their property from persons running from the residence, through their yards and jumping over fences. One neighbor reported to police that they were struck by a vehicle operated by a partygoer leaving the scene as police arrived. That person was not seriously injured and did not need medical assistance. That investigation is still open.
Through the investigation, it was determined that McNulty was present in the house during the party. It was also determined that she was inside the house at the time the police were attempting to make contact with her to locate the injured victim. According to witnesses at the party, there were alcoholic beverages being served and consumed by persons under the legal age to consume alcohol and the juveniles in attendance were as young as 16 years of age. Attendees at the party included residents from Edgewater Park, Burlington City, Willingboro, Delanco, Delran and some as far as Trenton. The party was reportedly being held for McNulty’s son Trevor McNulty who was turning 19 years of age. Charges for her son are pending.
Andrea McNulty was charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law, Offering Alcoholic Beverages to Underage Persons, and Maintaining a Nuisance. She was lodged at Burlington County Minimum Correctional Facility in default of bail set at $2,500 w/ 10%.
The Riverside Township Police will continue to fully investigate any allegations surrounding the underage consumption of alcohol and the adults who facilitate this behavior. Those persons who engage in underage drinking, and those adults of legal age who are responsible for providing the means to obtain alcohol, or provide a residence for those underage to illegally consume alcohol will be investigated, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.