Walk-By Stabbing Juvenile Charged As Adult

OCEAN CITY – Resort police last week arrested an Elkton man for a stabbing incident back on June 16 after detectives obtained information tracing the suspect back to his home town.

During the early morning hours of June 16, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) responded to the area of 8th Street and St. Louis Ave. for a reported stabbing incident. Officers arrived and met with the victim, a 21-year-old Irish citizen living in Ocean City for the summer. The victim told police he was walking on St. Louis Ave. between 7th and 8th streets when he walked between two unidentified men.

In an unprovoked attack, one of the suspects “punched” the victim in the abdomen as he passed by. The victim ran from the assault and only later realized he had not been punched in the stomach as he first thought, but rather had been stabbed in the abdomen. He was later transported to PRMC in Salisbury for emergency treatment.

Meanwhile, OCPD detectives conducted an investigation and were able to develop a suspect based on information provided by a field patrol contact. Detectives used that information to obtain additional information about the suspect, now identified as Seth Tyler Gillis, 17, of Elkton, Md., including his activities before the stabbing incident and his possible whereabouts.

OCPD detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Gillis, charging him as an adult for first-degree assault. Gillis was tracked to his hometown in Elkton and was arrested on June 24. He was returned to Worcester County and taken before a District Court Commissioner who ordered him held on a $50,000 bond.