Monthly Archives: September 2011

OCPD INVESTIGATING A CAR THAT CRASHED INTO A BUILDNG

On September 24, 2011, at approximately10:30 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to6500 Coastal Highway, in reference to a single vehicle crash into the Sand Pebble Condominium building.

Officers determined that a 1994 Toyota Supra had been traveling in the northbound lanes ofCoastal Highway.  The driver of the car lost control of the vehicle and struck the sidewalk, shrubbery and pedestrian control device, and eventually crashed into the northwest corner of the Sand Pebble Condominium (same building that was struck last spring).

The driver, whose name is not being released at this time, became trapped in the vehicle. An unidentified passenger of the vehicle left the scene prior to police arrival.  The Ocean City Fire Department responded to remove the trapped driver from the vehicle.  After approximately 30 minutes the OCFD was able to extricate the driver.  The driver was transported toPeninsulaRegionalMedicalCenterwith non-life threatening injuries. The passenger who fled the scene was never located. 

The Ocean City Building Inspector has concluded that two units and the outside stairs, which are all located on the northwest corner of the structure, have been compromised and were deemed unfit for use and/or occupancy. 

The OCPD Traffic Safety Unit is continuing this investigation.  Alcohol use is not a factor in this crash and charges are pending against the driver.

SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT ATTEMPTS TO DISARM POLICE OFFICER

Ousmane Boubou Idrissa

Ousmane Boubou Idrissa

On September 27, 2011at approximately 11 p.m., an Ocean City Police Officer was on foot patrol in the area of the Food Lion grocery store, located at 118th Street andCoastal Highway. 

OCPD Officer Kyle Hayes spotted a male later identified as Ousmane Boubou Idrissa, 42, of Ocean City, exiting the Food Lion Grocery Store.  OFC Hayes noticed a bulge under the waistband and front right pocket area of Idrissa’s clothing.  OFC Hayes further observed Idrissa was not carrying any grocery bags.  Suspecting that Idrissa may have shoplifted some items from the Food Lion, OFC Hayes approached him and asked what was under his clothing.   Idrissa responded he had nothing and attempted to leave the area.  OFC Hayes knowing this was not true attempted to detain Idrissa who then attempted to flee on foot.

OFC Hayes pursued Idrissa; a struggle ensued during which Idrissa grabbedOFC Hayes’ holstered firearm at least twice during the struggle. OFC Hayes was able to keep Idrissa from removing the weapon and eventually subdued Idrissa until additional officers arrived at the scene.

Idrissa was treated byOceanCityparamedics for minor injuries sustained during the struggle. OFCHayes was not injured. At the time of the encounter Idrissa was found to be in possession of stolen Food Lion grocery items.  Idrissa was arrested and charged with:

  • Theft Under $100 (misdemeanor)
  • 2nd Degree Assault (misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Arrest (misdemeanor)
  • Attempting to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer (felony)

Idrissa was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is being held on $10,000 bond.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: OCPD SEIZES ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES AND PARAPHERNALIA FROM BOARDWALK BUSINESS

On September 22, 2011, Ocean City Police obtained charges, in reference to the investigation of the illegal possession and sale of banned substances occurring earlier in September 2001 at the “MayTalk” shop located at 213 Atlantic Avenue. 

Fransisco Rico Hernandez (MayTalk owner) was charged with:

  • Possession of Salvia
  • Possession of Cannabimimetic Agent
  • Distribution of Cannabimimetic Agent
  • Possession of Synthetic Paraphernalia
  • Selling Synthetic Paraphernalia

Blen Giday Berhani (MayTalk employee) was charged with:

  • Possession of Cannabimimetic Agent
  • Distribution of Cannabimimetic Agent
  • Possession of Synthetic Paraphernalia
  • Selling Synthetic Paraphernalia

Both Hernandez and Berhani are scheduled to appear in Ocean City District Court for a Preliminary Inquiry on October 14, 2011.  (There are no booking images available)

OCPD SEIZES ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES AND PARAPHERNALIA FROM BOARDWALK BUSINESS

May Talk contraband Items seized

May Talk contraband Items Seized by OCPD

Ocean City Police mounted patrol officers received information from a citizen regarding the sale of  “K-2” sold at “May Talk”, a boardwalk retail store located at 205 Atlantic Avenue.

The Ocean City Mayor and City Council recently passed an emergency ordinance banning the sale of synthetic drugs including K-2.

On Tuesday September 13th, undercover OCPD narcotics detectives conducted a compliance check at the “May Talk” retail store. Narcotics officers purchased K-2 from a “May Talk” employee who told the undercover officers the K-2 was illegal but agreed to sell it to them anyway. The store employee also sold the officers a pipe, which is considered paraphernalia.  The employee explained to the undercover officers how to use the K-2 and the pipe to get high.  The owner of the establishment was present at the time of the transaction.

On September 15, 2011, at approximately 1 p.m., OCPD personnel served a Search Warrant at “May Talk”.

As a result of the Search and Seizure warrant police recovered several items including: Salvia Divinorum, K-2, Bath Salts, CDS paraphernalia and several fixed blade fighting knives.  Charges are pending against all of the parties involved.

Since the passing of the emergency ordinance, Ocean City Police have proactively educated storeowners and managers by providing copies of the ordinances as well as conducting several checks to ensure compliance of the ordinance.   Some contraband was found in a hidden compartment in a display case located next to the cash register.  The owner admitted they have been selling the saliva in spite of the ordinance enacted banning the substance last year.

JEWLERY THIEF SOUGHT BY OCPD

On September 15, 2011, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Ocean City Police

Surveillance image of Jewlery thief suspect

Surveillance image of Jewlery thief suspect

responded to the Liljenquist & Beckstead jewelry store located at the Gold Coast Mall (11461 Coastal Hwy Ocean City, MD 21842), in reference to a theft.

Officers arrived at the scene and learned that a black male had entered the jewelry store at approximately 3:30 p.m.  While in the store, a sales associate was showing the male several pieces of expensive jewelry. While showing the male these items, which had been removed from the display case, the male grabbed the items from the sales persons hand and ran out of the store.

The sales clerk attempted to pursue the suspect and was helped by two unidentified males; however the suspect was able to get away.  The approximate value of the items stolen is between $40,000-$50,000 the exact description of the stolen items is not being disclosed.

The suspect is described as a: black male, 6’00 to 6’03, average build, clean shaven, short black hair, brown eyes and was wearing a black suit, dark colored hat with a silver scarf or tie.  The suspect was also wearing a black colored hat.

Ocean City Police are seeking information from two persons who gave chase to the suspect after the suspect while the suspect was fleeing the jewelry store.  Police are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Ocean City Police Departments Criminal Investigation Divisions General Assignment Section, Detective Carl Perry at 410-723-6604.

OCPD OBTAINS 20 GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS FOR 20 SUSPECTS

In December 2010, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit members conducted an investigation into to the illegal distribution of drugs primarily on the south end of Ocean City.

Narcotics detectives worked in conjunction with OCPD patrol officers who had been aggressively enforcing illegal drug activity in this area for several months.  Because of the initial information obtained by patrol officers, narcotics detectives made numerous contacts with area residents, which led them to persons believed to be selling drugs.  Undercover detectives were able to make several undercover purchases of illegal drugs from various dealers.

Over the last eight months detectives made almost 40 hand-to-hand drug deals in Ocean City and the surrounding area, from 20 different suspects.  The drugs purchased were: crack, powder cocaine, heroin, PCP, marijuana, Ecstasy, Oxycodone, Buprenorphine, Suboxone patches, and Clonazepam.

On August 23 of this year, as a result of this investigation, OCPD narcotics  detectives obtained grand jury indictments for 20  suspects. There were 62 criminal charges in this case. The charges included CDS Distribution, Conspiracy to Distribute CDS, Possession of CDS, and Distribution of CDS in a Drug Free School Zone.

Beginning August 31 OCPD Narcotics and General Assignment detectives as well as Worcester County Sheriff’s Criminal Enforcement Team (CET) began arresting the indicted suspects.  A total of 19 arrests were made during the operation.  OCPD expects to have the remaining person in custody shortly.

The Circuit Court preset bonds on the indicted suspects ranged from $25,000 – $200,000.

OCPD ARRESTS BURGLARY SUSPECT

William Troy Stodghill

William Troy Stodghill

During the month of August,Ocean City patrol officers were investigating several reported burglaries, which had occurred on the ocean side of the midtown area.  During the investigation officers recovered a phone number belonging to the possible suspect. 

OCPD detectives were brought into the investigation and determined the suspect to be William Troy Stodghill, 48, of Pittsville, Maryland.  Stodghill was already wanted for failure to appear in Circuit Court for an unrelated burglary case. 

During the daytime hours of September 7,  patrol officers responded to another reported burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue.  During this investigation patrol officers were able to track a stolen “IPad” via a cellular data signal being transmitted by the stolen item.  OCPD patrol officers and detectives eventually located Stodghill in West Ocean City in possession of this recently stolen property.

Stodghill was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Maryland Circuit Court and the burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue. 

Further investigation led OCPD detectives with the assistance of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department, to serve a search and seizure warrant at Stodghill’s residence in Pittsville.  As a result, police have recovered multiple pieces of evidence linking Stodghill to as many as four additional Ocean City residential burglaries.   

Because of the coordinated investigation by OCPD uniformed patrol officers and detectives, investigators expect to clear at least six residential burglaries. 

Stodghill was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is currently being held on the outstanding Maryland Circuit Court burglary warrant as well as $25,000 bond for the burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue.  Stodghill was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

Anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a burglary in the midtown area or has any additional information regarding this suspect’s criminal activities is asked to contact Ocean City Police Detective Todd Speigle at 410-723-6604.

OCPD RECEIVES GRANT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRUG ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE

The Ocean City Police Department recently was the proud recipient of a $5,000 cash award from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) for its “Outstanding” work in the field of prescription drug abuse enforcement.  The grant is made possible through funding provided by Purdue Pharma pharmaceuticals in Stamford, Connecticut. 

For several years the OCPD Criminal Investigations Division’s Narcotics Unit, has been aggressively pursuing “drug diversion” (illegal prescription drug) investigations for fraud, illegal distribution and abuse.  As a result the OCPD has been awarded a total of $32,000 in grants over the past four years from NADDI/Perdue Pharma to help continue to be able to fund these types of illegal drug investigations.

The OCPD would like to thank the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and Purdue Pharma pharmaceuticals for all their support in helping to fund these types of investigations.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS’ IDENTITY SOUGHT BY OCPD

On August 21, 2011, at approximately11 a.m., Ocean City Police met with two persons who walked into the lobby of theOceanCityPublicSafetyBuilding, in reference to an armed robbery that had happened earlier that morning in the area of 4401 Coastal Highway.  

The two victims told police that at approximately 4 a.m., they were sitting in a vehicle on the bayside of 44th Street, near the south side of the street with the windows rolled down. The victims stated that two unidentified assailants approached the vehicle with their shirts pulled over their head and began yelling and demanding money from the victims. 

One of the assailants was in possession of a tire jack and struck the driver of the vehicle twice in the head. The driver did not give any possessions to the assailant.  The passenger gave the second assailant his wallet containing a credit card and his driver’s license.  The two assailants ran from the scene and got into a silver Honda Civic hatchback style vehicle, drove past the victims on 44th Street and fled  southbound on Coastal Highway.  The victim who was seated in the driver’s seat suffered an injury to his face, head and hand, which he used to block the tire jack that was used as a weapon by one of the suspects.

After receiving the initial report OCPD officers and members of the OCPD Forensic Services Unit responded to the scene and located evidence related to the crime.   The evidence has been recovered and is being processed.  Based on the information received from the victims, the suspects are both believed to be adult males, possibly Hispanic. 

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about this robbery 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.