Brutal Assaulted Allged
OCEAN CITY — A Crisfield man was arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last weekend after allegedly first punching a man outside a resort fast-food restaurant and then attempting to run over the victim with his car.
Around 10:15 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City police responded to the area of the McDonalds on 32nd Street for a reported assault that had just taken place. The officers arrived and saw a large crowd gathered at the scene. The officers met with a male victim who said he had been standing in front of the restaurant when a suspect, later identified as Andrew Worcester, 21, ran over and punched him in the face.
The victim said Worcester then got in a small red car and accelerated straight at him as if to run him over. The victim said he had to jump onto the sidewalk to avoid being hit by the car. Several people in the crowd corroborated the victim’s account of the incident and one witness told police the suspect was driving a red Mini Cooper and provided police with its Maryland tag number.
Meanwhile, other officers radioed in they had stopped a Mini Cooper with the same tag number in a parking lot on 21st Street. In the meantime, a couple approached officers back at McDonalds and told them how they had children with them in the parking lot and were afraid for their safety during the incident.
Worcester was identified as the driver of the vehicle and when told why he was being stopped, he denied any involvement in the assault at McDonalds earlier. The victim and a witness who provided the tag number were brought to the scene and positively identified Worcester as the attacker. Another witness came forward and told police he was sitting in traffic when he observed Worcester’s alleged attack on the victim and subsequent attempt to run him over.
That witness told police he followed Worcester after the assault to an area near Jolly Roger Amusement Park before Worcester turned south on Philadelphia Ave. Based on the victim and witness testimony and the positive identification of the suspect and the vehicle, Worcester was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Loaded Gun Found On Disorderly Man
OCEAN CITY — A Baltimore man arrested on disorderly conduct charges last weekend after allegedly trying to pick fights with strangers on the Boardwalk was found with a loaded handgun on his person following his arrest.
Around 11:15 p.m. last Saturday, OCPD officers were on normal patrol on the Boardwalk near 7th Street when they were approached by a man who told them another man, later identified as Jerome Gray, 25, of Baltimore, was being loud and disorderly and was attempting to fight numerous people on the Boardwalk. The officers began following Gray at a distance and noticed he was allegedly jumping around and shouting at people on the Boardwalk.
At one point, Gray allegedly shoved his shoulder into another man on the Boardwalk as he walked by. Gray and the unidentified man began yelling at each other. According to police reports, Gray was standing on the balls of his feet and pushing his chest out in an attempt to look larger than he actually was as he prepared to fight with the man. According to the report, a crowd had gathered to watch Gray allegedly attempt to instigate a fight with the man, who continued to walk away.
An OCPD officer approached Gray and grabbed the suspect, telling him to give the officer his hands. Gray resisted and said he hadn’t done anything. At that point, Gray was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. During a search incident to the arrest, a Raven Arms MP-25 caliber handgun was found in the front pocket of his pants. The weapon was loaded with one round in the chamber and six total rounds in the magazine.
Indecent Exposure On Beach
OCEAN CITY — A Bel Air man was arrested on indecent exposure charges after allegedly exposing himself to mothers and their children on at least three different occasions on the beach in the uptown area last weekend.
Around 8:50 a.m. last Saturday, OCPD officers were dispatched to the beach at 123rd Street for a complaint about a man exposing himself. The officers met with an adult female victim who told police just minutes before they arrived an adult male, later identified as Conrad Joseph Jablecki, 24, of Bel Air, Md., allegedly approached her and her 5-year-old daughter and smiled at them before unbuckling and pulling down his shorts to expose his penis. The suspect then left the area on foot.
While police were searching the area for Jablecki, they received a report of a similar incident on the beach at 133rd Street that had occurred around 9:46 a.m., or about an hour after the first reported incident. In the second incident, a suspect matching the original description had exposed himself to the mother and her son in much the same way as the original incident.
Around 11:15 a.m., now over two hours after the first report, a witness pointed out Jablecki to OCPD officers on the beach in the area of 132nd Street. The officers approached Jablecki, but he fled the area on foot, according to police reports. He was detained a short time later. The second victim arrived on the scene, but could not positively identify Jablecki as the man who had exposed himself to her and her child. However, the first victim was able to identify Jablecki as the exposer and he was arrested.
Gun Recovered In Drug Deal Arrest
OCEAN CITY — A Salisbury man was arrested in Ocean City last weekend after first being involved in an undercover marijuana buy conducted by OCPD officers and later found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.
Last Saturday, OCPD undercover officers working in the area of N. Division Street asked a suspect walking by their vehicle if he had any marijuana for sale. The male suspect, later identified as Kirkland Hall III, said he would get right back to the officers and met with a larger group of suspects near the back corner of a convenience store in the area.
The original suspect returned to the undercover officers’ car with the group, including a suspect, later identified as Floyd Thomas Bivens, 18, of Salisbury, who was observing the transaction and looking around as if he was security for the sale, according to police reports. Hall made arrangements to sell the undercover cop $45 worth of “haze,” a street term for a certain type of marijuana.
The transaction was completed and the suspects walked away from the officers’ vehicle. The undercover officers then gave the signal to the arrest team to take the suspects into custody. All of the suspects fled on foot when the arrest team approached them, but each was caught and taken into custody. During a search incident to the arrests, OCPD officers recovered on Bivens’ person a loaded .22 caliber revolver with one bullet in the chamber.
Rock Thrown At Scooter Operator
OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on first-degree assault charges last week after allegedly throwing a rock at a man on a rental motor scooter in the area of 82nd Street.
Shortly after 6 p.m. last Thursday, Ocean City police responded to Fat Daddy’s on 82nd Street to investigate a reported assault that had just occurred. An OCPD officer met with a 17-year-old male who said he had been hit in the head with rock while he was riding a rental motor scooter.
The victim said he was heading south in the bus lane on Coastal Highway in front of Fat Daddy’s when a suspect, later identified as Sean Ferrare-Grosscup, 23, of Ocean City, picked up a rock and threw it underhanded at the victim, striking him in the forehead.
The victim told police he got off his scooter and followed Ferrare-Grosscup into Fat Daddy’s. OCPD officers observed a bleeding lump about three inches in diameter on the victim’s forehead. The victim told police Ferrare-Grosscup was still in the restaurant because he had followed him there. The victim identified Ferrare-Grosscup, who was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault along with other charges.
Arrests Made In Graffiti Spree
OCEAN CITY — Two Baltimore men were arrested on malicious destruction of property charges this week after an alleged graffiti spree involving Ocean City buses and other town property at as many as 50 locations.
Around 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Ocean City Police responded to the 64th Street area for a reported malicious destruction of property case. An OCPD officer met with a municipal bus driver who reported an unknown suspect or suspects had spray-painted “Moob” and had written “K$N” on his bus with a yellow grease pen. The officer also met with a witness who told police he saw an individual put the graffiti on the bus around 11:45 p.m., or a little over a half an hour earlier, in the area of 94th Street. The witness was riding the bus when he saw the suspect.
Meanwhile, other officers were canvassing the area looking for the suspect based on the description provided by the witness. Around 2:10 a.m., OCPD officers observed a suspect, later identified as Daniel Lorden, 28, writing on a town-owned dumpster in the area of 12th Street. Lorden had written “K$W” on the dumpster and later told police the graffiti represented the initials of a deceased friend.
Standing next to Lorden was another man identified as Howard Kuhn, 32, of Baltimore, who had black paint on his hands. The officers realized Kuhn matched the description provided for the graffiti artist who marked the town bus back up on 94th Street. The witness was brought to the scene and identified Kuhn as the suspect. Lorden and Kuhn were arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property.
During a search, the suspects were found to be in possession of three grease pens. In addition, police recovered a cell phone that included pictures of town buses marked with the graffiti, including the subject of the original complaint. Two Ocean City buses and the dumpster were vandalized by the graffiti artists, but the investigation is ongoing and police believe Kuhn and Lorden, and possibly other suspects, hit as many as 50 other locations with their message and more charges are pending.
Lightning Strike Causes Fire
BERLIN — Lightning struck the Food Lion in Berlin on Sunday evening, causing a fire that forced the store to close for the evening.
Around 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, firefighters from Berlin, Showell, Ocean City and Newark responded to the Food Lion on Old Ocean City Blvd. for a reported fire. First arriving units reported light smoke showing from the store. The fire was contained to an air handler unit and the cause was attributed to a lightning strike. Firefighters remained on the scene for about 50 minutes and no injuries were reported.
The Worcester County Health Department also responded and ordered the store closed for the evening and part of the next day.
Child Sex Assault Alleged
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested on sexual assault, kidnapping and other charges this week after allegedly luring a 15-year-old female into a mobile home last Sunday.
Around 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a residence on Elliott’s Court in Salisbury for a reported sex offense. The investigation revealed 46-year-old Marshall Maine of Salisbury had allegedly lured the victim into a mobile home on the court and proceeded to have inappropriate physical contact with the victim.
The deputy learned the child’s father had learned what was happening and attempted to subdue Maine, who had fled the area on foot. Maine was located a short time later walking on a roadway nearby and was taken into custody. Maine has been charged with solicitation of a minor, a fourth-degree sex offense, first- and second-degree assault, false imprisonment and kidnapping.
Road Rage Ends In Assault
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested on assault charges last weekend after an alleged road-rage incident during which he followed a man who had cut him off and assaulted the man and his wife.
Around 5:17 p.m. last Saturday, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a residence on Nanticoke Rd. to investigate an altercation. The investigation revealed a suspect, later identified as John Henry Lynk, 42, of Salisbury, had become enraged after he believed another motorist had cut him off on Nanticoke Rd.
Lynk allegedly followed the other driver to his residence in order to confront him over the incident, during which an altercation broke out that resulted in Lynk allegedly assaulting the other driver and his wife. An arrest warrant was obtained for Lynk and he was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault.