OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s increasingly violent Senior Week crime wave took another turn for the worse early Saturday morning when two men were stabbed during an altercation near Baltimore Ave. and 16th Street.
Around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, two men identified as Justin Pfieler, 21, of Baltimore, and David Grimes, 23, of Millersville, were reportedly walking in the street and impeding traffic in the area of 16th Street and Baltimore Ave. when they became involved in an argument with two men in a vehicle. Pfieler reportedly confronted the driver, identified as Edward Cockrell, 18, of Lancaster, Pa., and pulled him out of the car.
The two men began fighting before Grimes and the passenger of the vehicle, identified as Omil Milfort, 18, also of Lancaster, joined the fight. According to police reports, Milfort then took out a knife and stabbed Grimes twice in the chest. He then swung the knife at Pfieler, striking him twice in the leg and once in the back. Milfort and Cockrell then fled the scene.
About a half an hour later, Ocean City Police located the suspect’s vehicle, a 1994 Oldsmobile sedan registered to Cockrell’s mother, about a mile away from the crime scene at the intersection of Robin Drive and Judlee Ave. OCPD officers located Cockrell on the street nearby and he was taken into custody. Milfort, however, was not apprehended and remains at large.
Both victims were transported by Ocean City EMS to Atlantic General Hospital where Pfieler was treated for his injuries and released. Grimes was flown to PRMC in Salisbury where he is listed in stable condition.
Cockrell has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of dangerous weapon with intent to injure. He appeared in District Court this morning for a bond review and was ordered held on a $50,000 bond. The specific charges against Milfort have not yet been determined and resort police are still searching for him. Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Milfort is urged to contact the OCPD at 410-723-6600.
For all the week’s news, see The Dispatch on Friday morning.