OCEAN CITY — A Princess Anne man was arrested on first-degree assault charges this week after allegedly threatening another man with a broken beer bottle during a fight.
Around 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, a uniformed OCPD officer was patrolling the north area of Seacrets’ parking lot in an unmarked car when he was flagged down by an individual. The man told the officer he had been in a verbal altercation with a suspect, later identified as Rekik Tesema, 27, of Princess Anne, in the parking lot.
The victim told police the verbal altercation turned physical with both parties exchanging blows. The victim said Tesema then left the area and he believed the altercation was over, but Tesema returned a short time later and approached the victim with something concealed behind his back. The victim said Tesema brandished a broken bottle with a jagged edge and chased him around the parking lot with it.
The victim, who was never cut or struck with the bottle, told police Tesema eventually dropped the bottle and left the area. While the victim was speaking with the officer, Tesema was observed walking north on the western sidewalk and the victim yelled “that’s him right there,” according to police reports.
Tesema was detained and handcuffed and agreed to speak with police. According to police reports, Tesema acknowledged being in a physical altercation with the victim and had a bump over his left eye, but said he never threatened the victim with a bottle. The victim showed police where Tesema dropped the broken bottle, however.
The bar’s security staff told the officer Tesema had been kicked out of the establishment at about 1 a.m. and that they had to break up another fight involving Tesema shortly thereafter. Based on the evidence and testimony, Tesema was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and using a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. He was being held on a $2,500 bond as of Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic Stops Nets Illegal Cigs Bust
SNOW HILL — A New Jersey woman was arrested on illegal cigarette trafficking charges last week after getting pulled over on Route 113 near Snow Hill.
Around 6:20 p.m. last Monday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies were given a broadcast to be on the lookout for a black GMC Yukon with Maryland tags driving erratically and swerving on Route 113. A short time later, the vehicle was spotted on Route 113 near Snow Hill by a Sheriff’s deputy, who observed it failing to stay right of center and other signs of negligent driving.
The deputy stopped the vehicle just north of Public Landing Rd. and made contact with the driver, identified as Merysol Mendez-Reyes, 50, of Newark, N.J. During the stop, the deputy observed several indicators that led to a probable cause search of the vehicle. The search revealed over 1,000 cartons of untaxed stamped cigarettes, which were bought in Virginia and were being transported through Worcester County to New Jersey.
Mendez-Reyes was arrested for transporting untaxed cigarettes and possessing untaxed cigarettes. She was also given warnings for negligent driving and failing to drive right of center. She was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held on a $10,000 bond.
Cash Swiped From Vehicle
OCEAN CITY — An Illinois man was arrested on theft charges this week after allegedly swiping $10,000 in cash from a vehicle on Sunday.
On Sunday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Coral Drive for a reported theft of $10,000 in cash from a vehicle that had occurred earlier. Through the investigation, a suspect was identified as Demetrius Mobley, 22, of Hillside, Ill. A search of Mobley’s property resulted in the recovery of the $10,000.
Mobley was arrested and charged with one count of theft from $10,000 to under $100,000. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Pines Man Arrested For 4th DUI In 12 Days
OCEAN PINES — An Ocean Pines man last week was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated for the fourth time in the span of 12 days.
Around 11 p.m. on June 16, Ocean Pines Police arrested Mitchell Palmer Deasy, 57, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Ocean Parkway in the area of Sandyhook Rd. Deasy was also charged during that incident with failure to stop when approached by police using signals, driving while impaired, negligent driving and failure to drive right of center. For Deasy, it was his fourth arrest on drunk-driving and other traffic charges in the span of 12 days.
Around 8:30 p.m. on June 5, Deasy was arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving and other traffic violations on Ocean Parkway at Route 589. About three hours later at 11:30 p.m., Deasy was arrested again for driving while intoxicated and other charges at Sloop Lane and Galley Lane in Ocean Pines.
Less than a week later, Deasy was again arrested by Ocean Pines Police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated around 7:15 a.m. in the area of Ocean Parkway and Sandyhook Rd. His arrest in the same area on June 16 was his fourth in the span of 12 days. Deasy was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held without bond in the Worcester County Detention Center pending trial.
Fugitive Surrenders After Barricade Situation
SALISBURY — Salisbury Police last week assisted U.S. Marshals with the arrest of a wanted felon who had barricaded himself in a residence on Fitzwater Street.
Around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, Salisbury Police officers responded to the Fitzwater Street area to assist members of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Region Fugitive Task Force with a barricade situation. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was attempting to take a wanted felon identified as Major Richardson III, 42, of Salisbury, into custody when the fugitive went into a residence and refused to come out.
Detectives had information that Richardson was armed and had made prior threats against law enforcement officers. Officers were able to safely evacuate residents from nearby homes and established a perimeter around the residence.
The Salisbury Police Tactical and Negotiations units were activated and worked to establish communication with the fugitive. Around 11 p.m., Richardson surrendered to the officers without further incident. Members of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at the location of the barricade.
A .22 caliber handgun and an amount of cocaine packaged for individual sale was recovered during the search. Charges are pending related to the seizure of the weapon and drugs. The fugitive was held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on several outstanding warrants including a criminal indictment for felony CDS charges.
Another Barricade Situation
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested last weekend after first allegedly firing a gun into the air and at a vehicle before holing up in his residence.
Around 9:30 p.m. last Sunday, Salisbury Police were dispatched to the area of Onley Rd. for a report of a suspect firing a gun into the air. The initial investigation revealed multiple rounds had been fired into the air and as a parked vehicle as well, causing damage to the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed the suspect, later identified as David Eric Harris, 52, of Salisbury, for unknown reasons, exited his residence and began yelling while firing a gun into the air. Neighborhood residents called 911 and officers arrived on the scene quickly. Prior to the officers’ arrival, it was learned Harris had gone back into his residence.
Officers evacuated nearby residences and set up a perimeter while trying to contact Harris by telephone and police vehicle PA systems. Around 10:10 p.m., Harris exited his residence and was taken into custody without further incident.
He was taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center and was ordered to be held on a $25,000 bond. During the execution of a search and seizure warrant, two handguns and 11 long guns along with an assortment of ammunition was seized from his residence.
Charges Filed After Swerving For Bunny
SALISBURY — A Delmar woman was arrested on several charges last week after allegedly swerving to avoid a bunny rabbit in the road and striking a tree.
Around 4:40 p.m. last Friday, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a single-vehicle accident on Williams Mill Pond Rd. During the investigation, the officer learned from the driver, identified as Nora Schaub, 45, of Delmar, that she swerved to avoid a bunny rabbit in the roadway, lost control and struck a tree. According to police reports, Schaub admitted consuming alcohol earlier in the afternoon and she was arrested after field sobriety tests were administered. During the subsequent processing, Schaub refused to submit to a breath test.
During the investigation, the deputy learned Schaub’s privilege to drive had been revoked in the state of Delaware. It was also discovered there were two outstanding warrants for her arrest, one of which charged her with malicious destruction of property after she intentionally rammed her boyfriend’s car with her own vehicle during an argument. The second warrant was for failing to appear in District Court for a prior DUI in June.
Schaub was processed on the warrants and was released on recognizance on the malicious destruction or property case and a $10,000 unsecured bond on the failure to appear warrant.
Known Speeding Trouble Spots Targeted
BERLIN — In an effort to curb excessive speeding on known trouble spots throughout the county, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office this week announced it was stepping up its speeding and aggressive driving enforcement initiative.
The Sheriff’s Office for the last few weeks has targeted several areas throughout Worcester with increased patrols and other enforcement measures. The Sheriff’s Office announced this week the latest areas to be targeted with the special enforcement initiative will be Harrison Rd. in Berlin, Newark Rd. in Newark and the Girdletree area including Route 12.
Each of the locations has posted speed limits below the normal 55 mph zone. Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason said his department continues to focus efforts on communities in which speeding complaints are most common.