BERLIN — A Berlin man was arrested on assault charges early Sunday morning after allegedly attempting to run over another man in a convenience store parking lot following a dispute.
Around 12:39 a.m. last Sunday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the Shore Stop on Racetrack Rd. near Ocean Pines for a reported hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian. MSP troopers met with one of the parties involved, a 20-year-old Delmar man, who told police he had been involved in a verbal dispute with another man, later identified as Gregory Alexander Glass, 19, of Berlin.
The victim told police Glass was seated in his vehicle at the time of the dispute. According to police reports, Glass then put his vehicle in reverse and backed up before turning the vehicle toward the victim. Glass then accelerated toward the victim, striking him with the front of his pick-up truck and forcing the victim to fall backward on the pavement. The only injury sustained by the victim was an abrasion on his right hand.
Glass was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was taken before a District Court commissioner and later released on his own recognizance.
Child Rape Alleged
SNOW HILL — A Virginia man was arrested on rape, child abuse and assault charges last week after an investigation revealed an alleged year-long pattern of sexual abuse against the 14-year-old daughter of a relative.
Last Saturday, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) and the Worcester County Child Advocacy Center concluded a joint investigation with the arrest of Alvin Fuller, 55, of New Church, Va. Fuller was charged with second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, second-degree child abuse and incent for his repeated course of conduct with a relative’s 14-year-old daughter over the course of nearly a year. According to police reports, Fuller befriended the victim over a lengthy period of time and learned how to manipulate her and prey on her during the period.
Fuller was arrested last Saturday with the assistance of the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office. He was arraigned before a Virginia Commonwealth Magistrate and is being held without bond pending extradition to Worcester County.
Alleged Car Thief Nabbed
SNOW HILL — A Fruitland man was arrested on car theft charges last week after a routine warrant check in Snow Hill.
Around 6:50 a.m. last Tuesday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy was on routine patrol in Snow Hill when he was approached by an individual later identified as Anthony Wayne, 39, of Fruitland. Wayne told the deputy he might have warrants out on him. The deputy ran Wayne’s name and discovered the vehicle he was driving, a 2001 silver Nissan pick-up truck, had been reported as stolen in Wicomico County and that Wayne was wanted for the theft of the vehicle. Wayne was arrested and held pending trial.
Infant Assault Alleged
SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman was arrested on assault charges last weekend after allegedly striking a woman holding an 8-month old infant.
Around 4:30 p.m. last Saturday, Salisbury Police responded to a residence on Camden Ave. for a reported assault. The officers met with a female victim who said she had been assaulted by a suspect, later identified as Tianna Etoy Thompson, 21, of Salisbury, while the victim was holding her 8-month-old infant.
The victim told police she had been in a verbal argument with Thompson during which Thompson struck her in the head. The victim also told police Thompson struck the infant in the head and back while the victim was holding the child. Thompson was located a short time later at a residence on Washington Street and was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.
First Of Four Brawlers Convicted
OCEAN CITY — One of four men arrested in July after a four-on-four fight in the downtown area was found guilty this week in District Court on a disorderly conduct charge and was fined and placed on probation.
Around 1:30 a.m. on July 9, Ocean City Police responded to the area of the 7-Eleven store on N. Division Street for a reported fight in progress. As officers arrived, they observed two groups of four that appeared to have been fighting or were about to fight on Baltimore Ave. The two groups were shouting obscenities and threats at each other, causing a crowd of onlookers to form on the sidewalk and on the balconies or nearby motels and condos.
Police approached the first group and had them sit against the wall of a nearby building while they sorted out what had happened. When officers approached the second group, they observed a suspect later identified as Joshua Carlos Prat, 21, of Reading, Pa., waving an expandable baton in the air and taunting the first group with “come get me.” When Prat saw the police officers, he attempted to collapse the baton before walking behind a row of parked cars and re-emerging without the weapon.
As the officers approached the second group, which also included James Wells, 20, of Wyomissing, Pa., John Robles, 21, of Reading, Pa. and Michael Burton, 20, of Reading, Pa., they saw the group continue to urge the first group to fight and yell and gesture despite the presence of the police officers.
One OCPD officer asked Prat where he threw the baton, to which he allegedly said “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Another officer then found the weapon behind a tire of a parked car. OCPD officers then began to pat down the other members of the group to see if they had any more weapons. When they got to Burton, the suspect warned them he had a fixed-blade knife in his pocket, which was then recovered.
When the officers questioned the first group, one of the victims told police Prat had struck him in the back of the head with the baton. The officer observed injuries on the victim consistent with the story. Prat then told the officer he wished to speak with him. When the officer told Prat he was lucky he didn’t seriously injure the victim, Prat allegedly said “I know I could have hurt him, but can’t you drop the assault charge and just give me disorderly?”
The plea fell on deaf ears as Prat was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and carrying a deadly weapon. Burton was also charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a deadly weapon, while Wells and Robles were charged with disorderly conduct.
This week in District Court, Wells was found guilty of disorderly conduct and was fined $300 and placed on probation for one year. Robles was scheduled for court last week and failed to appear, resulting in a warrant sworn for his arrest. Burton was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant last week by Ocean City Police. Prat is scheduled to appear for trial on Dec. 22.
Nightclub Beating Victim Sought
SALISBURY — Salisbury Police this week are still looking for the suspects or the victim wanted for questioning in regards to a riot involving hundreds outside a nightclub early last Sunday morning.
Around 12:40 a.m. last Sunday, Salisbury Police were dispatched to the Club Azul in the Plaza Gateway Building for a large fight in progress. Officers arrived to find 200-300 male and female suspects involved in dozens of individual fights in the middle of the street. Police met with club security, who told officers a fight inside the club had escalated outside the establishment.
Salisbury Police were directed to a male victim who had been the target of the original assault. The victim had been assaulted by a number of suspects and had sustained serious injuries to his facial area. However, while police were calming other fights that had broken out, the victim left the area without providing any contact information. All of the fights were eventually stopped and the individuals involved left the area.
Salisbury Police this week are hoping to make contact with the original victim and assist him with any services or treatment he might need. Police are asking the victim, or anyone else who has information about the melee to call SPD at 410-548-3165.
Several Arrested For Disorderly
SALISBURY — Several individuals including a juvenile were arrested on disorderly conduct charges last weekend after Salisbury Police broke a party during which a loaded handgun was found.
Around 11:30 p.m. last Saturday, Salisbury Police responded to the Liberty Street area for a reported party in progress with a subject firing a gun. Upon arrival, officers observed several individuals located all around the residence and other individuals fleeing an outbuilding behind the residence. The officer made contact with the homeowner and were able to gain access to the locked outbuilding.
Inside the building, police located a loaded revolver-style handgun along with a quantity of marijuana. While clearing the area and breaking up the party, Salisbury Police arrested a handful of individuals on disorderly conduct charges for attempting to incite the crowd. Arrested were Keysha Guzman, 28; Steven Felix, 23, Orlando Gill, 24; and a 17-year-old juvenile, all of Salisbury.