Monthly Archives: August 2011

POLICE IDENTIFY ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

OnAugust 17, 2011, Ocean City Police officers were flagged down by a victim of an assault in the area ofJamestown Road.  Officers observed that the victim was bleeding from an open wound on the right side of his face. OCPD Wanted Persons Farmer Captured

During the on-scene investigation police learned that earlier in the evening the victim had met two males and agreed to meet them later to purchase marijuana.  The victim met the males at the victim’s residence and was subsequently attacked by the two.  During the assault, one of the suspects slashed the victim with a kitchen knife.  The victim suffered a laceration to the face, and several other injuries as a result of the assault.  Both males stole a large amount of money from the victim and fled the residence. The victim was transported toPeninsulaRegionalMedicalCenterfor treatment of his injuries. 

Ocean City Police detectives investigated the case and were able to identify the two male suspects as:  Paul Kevin Hudson, Jr., DOB: 03/26/87 (24), described as a black male, 5’08, 135lbs and Travis Jermaine Farmer DOB: 11/02/83 (27), described as a black male, 5’06, 120lbs.

Both men are fromBerlin,Maryland.

Ocean City Police have obtained arrest warrants for both Hudson and Farmer. Both males are currently wanted and have charges pending for:

 

–          Armed Robbery (felony)

–          Robbery (felony)

–          1st & 2nd Degree Assault

–          Theft over $1000 (felony)

Farmer and Hudson are not currently in police custody and should be considered dangerous. Both are believed to still be on theDelmarva Peninsula.  Citizens are advised not to attempt to approach them. Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these two fugitives to contact the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604 or contact your local police agency. You do not have to leave your name.

OCPD ADVISING OCEAN CITY VISITORS TO BEWARE OF INTERNET RENTAL SCAMS

Recently the Ocean City Police have received two complaints involving the use of the popular website “Craigslist.com” to obtain vacation deals or vacation rental property.  In both cases the victims paid several hundred dollars with the promise of a rental unit while they were vacationing inOcean City,Maryland.   Police have determined both instances were a scam.  The police department is investigating, however, because the perpetrators are believed to be outside of theUnited States, it is not likely the victims will ever recover their stolen money.

The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens to be aware of a potential real estate rental scam involving the use of the popular Internet site “craigslist.com.”  The scam is similar to ones involving other popular retail posting sites such as “autotrader.com” and “ebay.com.”

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to be cautious while using the Internet to search for vacation rentals.  While popular websites can be a valuable tool in finding reasonable vacation rentals, consumers need to beware of scammers who are posing as property owners.

Some of the most consistent “red flags” associated with rental scams are demonstrated through poor grammar, spelling errors, poor capitalization and punctuation in the information presented to consumers.  In addition, if a vacation rental owner does not accept credit cards as a form of payment, they should almost always accept a personal check.  Most scammers will only take cashier’s checks or ask for money to be wired to a specific account.  Lastly, you should be cautious of a property owner who is hesitant or unwilling to provide additional information in regards to the rental property, such as amenities or photographs.

As a renter you should take additional steps to ensure the owner and rentals are legitimate. There are several tips you should remember to avoid being a victim of an online rental scam. First, do not wire money to a suspected landlord and remember, regardless how convincing the tale, make sure the person renting the house to you actually owns it.  Also, verify where you will go and whom you will see to pick up the rental key.  Make sure that the person and location are valid.  Finally, if you have any suspicious concerns, follow your instinct.  Even if you have to pay a fee, you are often safer dealing with a licensed real estate agent.

OCEAN CITY POLICE ARREST TWO MEN FOR BURGLARY

On August 11, 2011, at approximately 4 a.m., an Ocean City Police bike patrol officer observed two males in the area of 8th Street and Wilmington Lane acting suspiciously.  The officer continued to watch the males and followed them to a residence located in the area of 9th Street and Philadelphia Avenue where the officer observed the males enter and quickly exit a residence.  The officer, believing the activity to be very suspicious, stopped the two near the residence.  The officer discovered the males to be in possession of several video game discs, which they had not previously been in possession of.

Burglary SuspectsOCPD officers suspected that the two males identified as Dashawn Andre Blake, Jr. 20, ofSnow Hill,MD and Rodney Russell Fisher, Jr. 22 of Princess Anne, MD, may have stolen the video games from the residence.  During the on-scene investigation theOCPD was contacted by the residents of 902 and904 Philadelphia Avenue, in reference to burglary complaints.  Officers determined that these addresses were in the area Blake and Fisher were observed by police going into and quickly leaving from.  

The victims reported numerous items of property stolen from their residences including; two lap top computers, 50 video games, Sony PS3 video gaming system, Samsung flat screen television and an IPAD computer.  Based on all the evidence and information obtained during the investigation police arrested Blake and Fisher for 1st Degree Burglary.  

Blake and Fisher have been charged with the following:

  • 3 counts – 1st Degree Burglary (felony)
  • 3 counts – Theft over $1,000 under $10,000 (felony)
  • 4 counts – Theft under $1,000 (misdemeanor)

Blake and Fisher were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and were each held on $50,000 bond.  Blake and Fisher were transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

Police are continuing to investigate this crime and are attempting to recover several items of stolen property. Currently the only items recovered by police were the video game discs.  Police are asking anyone with information about these burglaries or the stolen property to contact the Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division at: 410-723-6604; you do not have to leave your name.

VENDING MACHINE THEFT SUSPECTS’ IDENTIFICATION SOUGHT

OnAugust 5, 2011, Ocean City Police responded to “Fishtails” located at2107 Herring Way,OceanCityin reference to a theft from a vending machine located outside of the restaurant. 

During the investigation, officers recovered surveillance video of two suspects.  The OCPD is asking citizens to please view the recovered still images of the two suspects.  Anyone with information about the suspects’ identity or the crime is asked to contact the Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604.  Persons who provide information to the police do not have to give their name.

Vending Theft Suspects

Vending Theft Suspects

OCPD ARREST OFF-DUTY DEPUTY SHERIFF

Jennifer Nicole Douglas

Jennifer Nicole Douglas

OnAugust 14, 2011, at approximately3:12 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area201 Baltimore Avenue, in reference to an assault involving a handgun. 

Officers met with an adult female victim and numerous witnesses. The victim related that she and another female acquaintance later identified as Jennifer Nicole Douglas, 26, ofFort Washington,MD, became involved in an argument over keys to a vehicle that escalated into a physical confrontation.  During the physical confrontation,Douglasallegedly produced a star shaped badge and handgun and pointed the handgun at the victim’s head. 

 Douglasleft the scene in a vehicle and was later located by Ocean City Police in the area of 42nd Street.  At the time of the stop, Douglass identified herself as a Prince Georges County Maryland Sheriff’s Deputy.  Police recovered a .40 caliber, Glock handgun. Officers confirmedDouglas was a Deputy Sheriff.

As a result of theOCPDinvestigation involvingDouglas’s use of a firearm she was arrested.

 Douglashas been charged with:

  •  1st Degree Assault (Felony)
  • 2nd Degree Assault (Misdemeanor)
  • Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor)

Douglass was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and held on $150,000 bond. Douglaswas transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

OBSERVANT OFFICERS ARREST TWO ROBBERY SUSPECTS

On August 4, 2011, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to the scene of an assault at the Inlet Lodge located at 806 South Atlantic Avenue.  Once at the scene, officers determined that this was in fact a robbery.  The victim reported being robbed by two male suspects who stole the victim’s backpack, which contained a wallet and $150.  During the robbery the victim was also assaulted by the two suspects.

The victim told police that one of suspects had distinctive tattoos on his forearms with the wording Truly Blessed.”  The victim also was able to provide a good clothing description.    Approximately five hours later OCPD officers stopped several subjects who were drinking alcoholic beverages in public in the 10 block of 6th Street.

One subject from the group fled from the officers.  The officers were able to stop the rest of the group and immediately recognized that one of the males had the tattoo “Truly Blessed” on his forearms. The 17-year-old male from Dover, DE was arrested.  A search of the juvenile’s cell phone revealed that he recently acquired a room in the 8th Street area.  Police went to search the 8th Street area and noticed a male matching the description of the second robbery suspect sitting on the property of the Ocean Lodge at 8th Street and Philadelphia Avenue.  This was the male subject who ran from police during the initial encounter on 6th Street.   The suspect had a bottle of alcohol next to him and when officers went to identify him to verify his age, he handed the officers the ID of the robbery victim.  He also had the victim’s wallet in his possession.  This suspect is also a juvenile male from Dover. The two suspects rented a room at the Ocean Lodge sometime after the robbery and paid for the room in cash with a $100 bill. The victim was robbed of a $100 bill.

Both juveniles were arrested and transported to the Ocean City Public Safety Building and held pending parental and Juvenile Justice notification.

*Because both suspects are juveniles, their names and pictures are not being released.

Juvenile #1 was charged with:

  • FELONY **ROBBERY**
  • MISDEMEANOR  **ASSAULT-SEC DEGREE**
  • MISDEMEANOR **THEFT: LESS $1,000 VALUE**

Juvenile #2 was charged with:

  • FELONY **ROBBERY**
  • MISDEMEANOR **ASSAULT-SEC DEGREE**
  • MISDEMEANOR **THEFT: LESS $1,000 VALUE**
  • MISDEMEANOR **FRAUD-PER. IDENT. AVOID PROS**

INDECENT EXPOSURE INCIDENT REPORTED TO OCPD

Ocean City Police are asking citizens to be on the lookout for a suspicious person who exposed himself in north OceanCity.

On August 9, 2011, at approximately 1 a.m., two female victims (17 YOA and 14 YOA) were walking home through the parking lot of the Whispering Woods Condos at 143rd Street andTunnel Avenue.  While walking one of the female victims observed a white male suspect standing next to a dumpster.  The male suspect was naked and began masturbating in front of the two female victims.  The victims immediately ran from the scene and called police. Police conducted an extensive search of the area, however, the male suspect was gone. The suspect is described as a white male, semi-muscular build, 40-50 years of age, 6”2 to 6”5 tall with short dark colored hair. 

Ocean City Police are advising citizens who reside or frequent the north end ofOceanCityto be on the alert for suspicious activity, walk in pairs, carry a cellular telephone and notify police if you observe anyone or anything suspicious.   OCPD recommends you contact the OC Emergency Communications Center at 410-723-6600 to report suspicious activity.

Anyone who may have previously had a similar encounter/incident is urged to contact OCPD at 410-723-6604.

OCEAN CITY POLICE ARREST SUSPECT AFTER THREE-COUNTY PURSUIT, BYSTANDER ALSO ARRESTED FOR HINDERING & RESISTING

David Christopher Brown

David Christopher Brown

On Sunday, August 1, 2011, at approximately2:40 a.m., Ocean City Police were advised of a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed fromDorchesterCounty,WicomicoCountyand intoWorcesterCountytoward the Route 50 bridge. OceanCityofficers observed the motorcycle, which was not actively being pursued, exit the bridge and continue south onPhiladelphia Avenueto eastbound ontoTalbot Street. The motorcyclist then began to travel northbound briefly before taking a turn eastbound, towardCaroline Streetand the boardwalk. 

 Ocean City Police officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however, the motorcyclist fled from police northbound on the boardwalk to 2ndStreet where he attempted to flee on foot.  Ocean City Police apprehended the suspect, who was later identified as David Christopher Brown, 25,Montgomery Village,MD, after a brief struggle. Brown was arrested and charged with 12 traffic related offenses, including negligent driving, attempting to elude uniformed police by failing to stop, driving on a

Vincenzo Evola

Vincenzo Evola

suspended license, reckless driving and driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed.  In addition, Brown was charged with resisting arrest and possession of controlled paraphernalia (hypodermic syringe.)  

During the time of Brown’s arrest, a bystander, later identified as Vincenzo Evola, 28, ofPort Royal,PA, began to obstruct and hinder with the arrest.  After several verbal warnings,OceanCity officers attempted to arrest Evola, at which time he began resisting.  In an attempt to gain compliance, an assisting Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed a Taser on Evola.

Evola was arrested and charged with obstructing and hindering and resisting arrest.  Brown and Evola are being held at theOceanCityPublicSafetyBuildingand are awaiting an initial appearance before an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.

T-SHIRT SHOP EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT

Faud Abdo-Saleh Mansour

OnJuly 7, 2011, Ocean City Police received a complaint regarding a possible sexual assault that had occurred in a bathroom at “OC Piercings,”607 Atlantic Avenue.

 The adult female victim (name is not being released) contacted police after she alleged a male OC Piercings employee lured her to a bathroom to try on clothing.  The bathroom was located in the back of the shop.  Once in the bathroom, the  employee locked the door and allegedly began to undress and sexually assault the victim.  The victim left the shop and reported the incident to police. 

Subsequent OCPD investigation determined the suspect to be identified as Faud Abdo-Saleh Mansour, 24, ofOceanCity, who was an employee of the business.  Police obtained an arrest warrant for Mansour charging him with the following:

–          3rd Degree Sex Offense

–          4th Degree Sex Offense

–          2nd Degree Assault

–         False Imprisonment

 On July 8, 2011, the OCPD located and arrested Mansour. He was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and held on $50,000 bond.  On July 17, 2011 Mansour posted bond and has since been released from custody pending trial.