WEST OCEAN CITY – Two Ocean City residents, one of whom is a 17-year-old juvenile, face burglary and assault charges this week after attempting to break into a West Ocean City pizza parlor last Sunday.
Shortly before midnight on Dec. 30, Maryland State Police troopers, assisted by county Sheriff’s deputies, responded to the Ledo’s Pizza in the White Marlin Mall for a reported attempted burglary in progress. The officers met with several witnesses who said they were in the store after normal business hours when they heard a loud banging at the rear door of the establishment.
The witnesses, employees of Ledo’s, went out the front door and walked around to the rear of the building to find out what was going on when they saw a suspect, later identified as Victor Marshall Young, 51, of Ocean City, attempting to forcibly enter the rear door with a crowbar, a mallet and a knife. When the witnesses confronted Young, he swung at them with the crowbar and attempted to assault them.
Meanwhile, the second suspect, a 17-year-old juvenile from Ocean City, fled on foot to vehicle waiting nearby and the vehicle left the parking lot. The witnesses were able to subdue Young and hold him until the troopers and deputies arrived on the scene.
Based on the description of the suspect vehicle, a broadcast went out to locate the getaway car. Several minutes later, officers from the Ocean City Police Department located the vehicle heading northbound on Coastal Highway near 63rd Street. The juvenile matching the description given by the witnesses was found to be driving the vehicle and he was taken into custody.
Young was arrested and charged with attempted second- and fourth-degree burglary and multiple counts of first- and second-degree assault and was ordered held without bail.
The juvenile was charged with attempted second- and fourth-degree burglary and was released on juvenile charges. Members of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) responded to collect evidence and interview witnesses, victims and the suspects.