OCEAN CITY, MD – (May 29, 2018): On Monday, May 28, 2018 at approximately 6 a.m. officers were dispatched to the area of the Comfort Inn Gold Coast and Denny’s Restaurant, located at 11201 Coastal Highway, for a report of a fight in progress. Dispatchers stated that two males were fighting, one of which was threatening the other with a knife. Upon arrival, officers observed a male dropping a knife as he was fleeing towards his hotel room on the fifth floor. He was later identified as Alfred A. Flowers, Jr., 31, of Greenbelt, MD.
Flowers refused to exit the hotel room or make contact with officers. The Ocean City Police Department Quick Response Team was activated and evacuated the fifth floor of the hotel as a precaution for the safety of the guests. Eventually, Flowers and another male in the room surrendered to police and were placed under arrest. The additional male was identified as Semere H. Habte, 31, of Dunn Loring, VA.
Simultaneous with this incident, officers discovered that Flowers and Habte were the suspects in the theft of a cell phone from another Denny’s location at 62nd Street earlier that morning.
Flowers was charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. Habte was charged with theft of $100 to less than $1,500. Both Flowers and Habte were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner. Flowers was transferred to the Worcester County Jail and is being held without bond. Habte was released on $3,000 bond.