(August 27, 2013) – On August 24, 2013, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of 118th Street and Assawoman Drive in reference to a carjacking involving a taxi. The taxi driver informed officers that he had picked up a fare from 49th Street. The fare, later identified as Ian Edward Keim, 36, of Neville, PA, then grabbed the driver by the throat, brandished a knife and threatened the driver.
During the investigation, the taxi driver, who is not being identified at this time, stated that he was then able to stop the taxi in the area of 91st Street and exit the vehicle. Keim then got into the driver’s seat of the taxi and began driving north on Coastal Highway. Two people who witnessed the incident then stopped, allowed the taxi driver to enter their vehicle and followed Keim north on Coastal Highway.
Keim later stopped the taxi in the area of 118th Street and Assawoman Drive and then fled on foot toward the beach. A nearby off-duty Clarkstown, NY police officer witnessed this and was able to contact police communications and follow Keim until officers arrived shortly after. Officers located Keim in the surf on the beach at 119th Street where he was placed under arrest.
Keim has been charged by Ocean City police with armed robbery and armed carjacking. Keim was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $100,000 bond.
*Note: This release was corrected on August 28, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. Changes were made regarding the assistance from the noted witnesses.