(August 26, 2014) –Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives have arrested two suspects in connection with the August 24th death of Justin D. Cancelliere of North Whitehall, PA. The two suspects have been identified as Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse, 27, and Christopher Blake Kendall, 22. Both suspects are from Ocean City, MD.
On August 24, 2014, Ocean City officers responded to the area of 109 North Atlantic Avenue to assist Ocean City EMS, for a victim of an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, officers located Cancelliere unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot of an area hotel. After a thorough investigation, detectives determined the assault occurred during an altercation in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Avenue.
First responders from the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on Cancelliere and transported him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland has ruled the cause of Cancelliere’s death a homicide.
On August 26, 2014, Ocean City detectives with assistance from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team, arrested Ochse at his place of employment. Kendall turned himself in to police at the Ocean City Public Safety Building several hours later. Both have been charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, affray and reckless endangerment.
Ochse and Kendall are currently being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an initial appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.