Monthly Archives: December 2010

OCPD Press Release: Update Release Regarding Domestic Assault Incident from December 20, 2010

Updated Release Information:

On December 20, 2010, officers of the Ocean City Police Department responded to the ocean block of 82nd Street, in reference to a domestic dispute in progress.  When officers arrived at the scene they observed a suspect with a knife actively assaulting a female inside a residence.  OCPD Corporal Rick Wawrzeniak shot the suspect after he failed to comply with police requests to drop the knife. 

 Per departmental policy, CPL Wawrzeniak has been placed on administrative leave pending a investigative review.  CPL Wawrzeniak is an 11-year veteran of the OCPD.

 The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and Worcester County Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the case.

FOLLOW UP -DOMESTIC ASSAULT LEADS TO STABBING AND OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

On December 20, 2010, at approximately 11:07 a.m., Ocean City Police officers responded to a 911 call for a domestic dispute on 82nd Street.

When officers arrived at the scene they discovered an armed suspect with a knife who was attacking a female.  Officers were forced to shoot the suspect who has been identified as Marvin Jefferson Mitchell, 27, of Berlin, Maryland.  The female victim has been identified as Mitchell’s estranged wife, Shanna Mitchell, 27, of Berlin, Maryland. 

As previously reported, Shanna Mitchell had obtained an active Protective Order against her husband.  Shanna Mitchell suffered a stab wound as a result of the attack.  Both the suspect and the victim were treated at the scene by Ocean City Fire Department Paramedics and transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.   As of December 21, 2010, the victim and the suspect remain hospitalized and are both in stable condition.

 Marvin Mitchell has been charged by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation with:

  •  1st Degree Attempted Murder
  • 2nd Degree Attempted Murder
  • 1st Degree Burglary
  • 3rd Degree Burglary
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon with the Intent to Injure
  • 1st Degree Assault
  • 2nd Degree Assault
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Violation of a Protective Order

 Marvin Mitchell is currently hospitalized and remains in police custody pending an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT LEADS TO STABBING AND OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

On December 20, 2010, at approximately 11:07 a.m., Ocean City Police received a 911 call for a domestic dispute on 82nd Street.  The caller stated to police dispatchers that there was a protective order against the suspect, who was currently at the residence with a knife.

Ocean City Police arrived on scene and witnessed the suspect assault the victim with a knife.  Ocean City Police gave verbal orders for the suspect to drop the knife.  The suspect refused to drop the weapon at which time he was shot by an Ocean City Police officer. 

The suspect and the victim are currently being treated for their injuries, however their condition is unknown.  In addition, no Ocean City Police officers were injured during the incident. 

The names of the individuals involved, including the suspect, the victim and the Ocean City Police officer, are not being released at this time. The remainder of the investigation will be conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and assisted by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

OCPD SEEKING SUSPECTS IDENTITY

Suspect Video Burger King Drive Through Window)

On November 27, 2010, Ocean City Police responded to the Burger King restaurant located at 3205 Philadelphia Avenue, for a reported malicious destruction of property.

Prior to police arrival, an unidentified white male reached through the drive through window and destroyed several items of business equipment and property belonging to the restaurant.  Some of the items included a computer monitor and keyboard valued at over $400.  OCPD investigators have recovered video surveillance of the unknown male committing the crime.  Forensic evidence has also been submitted to the Maryland State Police crime lab for analysis.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a black hat with white “DC” logo on the top bill of the hat.  The suspect appears to have either fresh “road rash” injuries on his left arm or an old scar.

The subject also is wearing a wedding ring on his left ring finger. The suspect was seen driving a light colored SUV. 

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a black hat with white “DC” logo on the top bill of the hat.  The suspect appears to have either fresh “road rash” injuries on his left arm or an old scar.

The subject also is wearing a wedding ring on his left ring finger. The suspect was seen driving a light colored SUV.

Police are asking anyone with information about the identity of the person responsible or any other information about the incident, to please contact OCPD at 410-723-6604.  You do not have give your name.

OCEAN CITY POLICE WARNING BUSINESSES OF PRODUCT SCAM

The Ocean City Police Department is advising businesses to beware of a fraud scheme from an out-of-country scam artist using Text Telephone Yoke (TTY) relay operators.  One Ocean City restaurant has already been targeted, however, contacted police before becoming a victim in the scam.

The scam began when the business was contacted by an unknown customer via a hearing impaired TTY.  The customer requested a very large catering order, with an estimated value of $1,100.  In addition, the caller wanted $1,000 added to the bill, which was to be paid for with what Ocean City Police determined to be a stolen credit card.  The idea behind the fraud was for a courier to arrive at the business to pick up the catering order and be paid the additional $1,000 in cash for his part in delivering the food.

In this particular incident, the Ocean City business did not fall victim to the scam, however, had they used the stolen credit card provided by the scam artist, they would have been out any money they would have sent the scammers once it was discovered the credit card was stolen.  In addition to losing money for the credit card theft, the business would have also lost the cost of their catering sales and product.

The Ocean City Police Department advises businesses to look for these “red flags” that may be associated with TTY fraud:

The buyer (or scam artist) orders multiple quantities of high end products.

  • The shipping destinations are out of state or out of country.
  • The caller requests additional money to be charged to the credit card or account, in which you provide cash for the difference.
  • Overnight or expedited shipping is requested to what appears to be a residential address but might also be misrepresented as a business address.
  • Initial credit card number is declined by the bank and the customer offers an alternative number.
  • Caller does not question the purchase price and makes no effort to negotiate the deal. 

Remember, best practice should always involve businesses exercising due diligence to ensure that an order is legitimate. Also, assure that a buyer actually possesses the credit card he or she is using.  Here are a few steps that may help protect your business from being a victim of this type of scam:

If the customer is using a TTY operator, ask the customer for his/her full name, address and telephone number.

  • Ask the customer to provide the name of the issuing bank and its toll-free customer service number as printed on the back of all credit cards.
  • Ask the customer for the three or four digit Card Verification Code that is found near the account number on the back or front of a credit card.
  • Tell the buyer that you will check with the bank and call them back. When you do that, keep good notes. Verify all information the buyer gives. If a buyer objects, explain that these procedures are for their protection, as well.
  • If the caller still objects to providing any of the above information, abandon the conversation and advise that you are not prepared to do business this way.
  • If the buyer insists on paying with a certified check, wait until the funds are in your bank account, before shipping the merchandise.

If you suspect that your business has been the victim of a scam or fraud scheme, contact the U.S. Postal Inspectors (phone 1-800-372-8347) or the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation (http://www.ifccfbi.gov/). Then, contact your local police department and BBB to warn other businesses in the area that they may be targeted.

BODY OF AN ADULT FEMALE RECOVERED FROM CANAL

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area of 94th Street for a report of a barking dog.  Police arrived in the area and located the deceased body of an adult female in a nearby canal.  The victim has been identified as Julie Eade, 59, of Ocean City, Maryland.   The body has been sent to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland for autopsy. The cause and manner of death are currently under investigation by the Ocean City Police Department.

OCEAN CITY POLICE ASK FOR PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING SODA MACHINE THIEF

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010, Ocean City Police responded to the Hilton, in the area of 3200

Baltimore Avenue, in reference to a theft from a Coke machine.  Officers learned that the Coke machine, located on the 12th floor, had been pried open and the money inside of the machine had been stolen. 

In addition to the 12th floor, Coke machines on the 11th, 10th and 9th floors had also been broken into.  At this time, the total amount of money stolen and the total value of damage are still undetermined.

The suspect, who was seen on video walking into each vending machine room with his head down, moved surveillance cameras from their original positions.  Images recovered of the suspect, identify him as a white male, who was carrying some type of shoulder bag/briefcase.

The Ocean City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect involved in the Coke machine theft.  If you have any information regarding the suspect or the theft, please call the Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410.723.6604.

THREE PEOPLE CHARGED IN PIZZA DELIVERY ROBBERY

On Friday, November 26, 2010, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Ocean City Police received a call for a  report of a strong-arm robbery.  Ocean City Police arrived in the area of 74th Street and met with the victim, who stated that he was a delivery person for a local pizza restaurant.  The victim stated that two subjects had assaulted him and stolen his money and wallet while he was making a delivery. 

While officers on scene continued the investigation, a nearby patrol officer, Pfc. Flanagan, stopped a Crown Victoria in the area of 71st Street for speeding and driving negligently.  The two subjects in the car, who were later identified as Cassandra Rose Pike, 20, of Ocean City, and Mark Anthony Scaniffe, 18, of Ocean Pines, matched the description of the robbery suspects. 

In addition to a positive identification from the victim, police located money in the car that was an approximate match to the amount taken from the victim.  Pike and Scaniffe were arrested and charged with three counts of robbery, theft of less than $1,000 and 2nd degree assault.

 During a follow-up investigation, officers learned that a third individual was allegedly involved in the robbery.  The individual, who was later identified as Brandon Martice Hilliard, 22, of Berlin, was located by Ocean City Police and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, theft of less than $1,000 and 2nd degree assault.

 After an initial appearance before a Worcester County Court Commissioner, all three suspects were held on bond and transferred to Worcester County Jail.  Pike was held on a $50,000 bond, Scaniffe was held on a $75,000 bond and Hilliard was held on a $100,000 bond.