Berlin Teen Arrested On Sex Offense
BERLIN — A Berlin man was arrested on a sex offense charge last week after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl at a residence on Maple Ave.
Berlin police last week arrested Michael Tyrone Jackson, 18, on a fourth-degree sex offense after an investigation revealed the suspect allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl at a residence on Maple Ave. Jackson was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered held on a $5,000 bond.
60 Days For Vending Break-In
OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man arrested on burglary and other charges in July, after getting caught breaking into a vending machine by an employee of a Boardwalk motel, pleaded guilty last week in District Court to malicious destruction of property and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Throughout much of the summer, Ocean City police were pursuing the unidentified suspect or suspects wanted in connection with a string of vending machine break-ins throughout the resort area. On July 18, a maintenance man at the Eden Roc Motel at 20th Street and the Boardwalk, which had been hit several times, decided to conduct his own investigation and observed the two suspects, later identified as Daniel Robert Myers, 33, and David Kyle Edwards, 25, both of Ocean City, allegedly breaking into a vending machine on the motel premises.
The Eden Roc maintenance employee set up surveillance on the balcony of an oceanfront unit and waited for the arrival of the suspects. Several hours went by before the would-be thieves made a return visit to the motel’s vending machines. The employee quietly snuck back into the unit to call police so as not to be detected by Myers and Edwards below.
The employee said his intent was never to catch the burglars, but rather gain some information into their pattern and perhaps get a good description. When he ran down the stairs, the main suspect, Myers, had removed his hooded sweatshirt, revealing his face. When Myers left the immediate area, the employee heard a scooter start up in a nearby parking garage, which is when he first caught a glimpse of Edwards, presumably the lookout during the crime.
By the time the employee reached the street level, around seven to 10 OCPD officers had responded to the area. OCPD officers activated their lights and sirens, but the suspects continued to flee, resulting in a brief chase. The scooter, with Myers driving and Edwards on the back, continued south on Baltimore Ave. and west on 21st Street before turning north on Philadelphia Ave. with several OCPD officers in pursuit.
OCPD officers on foot eventually tackled both Myers and Edwards off of the scooter in order to get it to stop. Once the suspects were detained, a search of Myers turned up a crowbar stuffed in his pants along with $4 in cash. A search of the motor scooter revealed several burglary tools used to pry open vending machines including two screwdrivers and a pair of pliers.
Last week in District Court, Myers pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. Edwards is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Suspended Sentence For Passed Out Suspect
OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man, arrested in June on robbery, theft and assault charges after stealing electronics and several other items from a vehicle before passing out in a motel room, pleaded guilty this week in District Court and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, all of which was suspended in favor of probation and fines.
Around 11:30 p.m. on June 23, Ocean City police met with an individual at 21st Street who reported arriving back at his hotel in time to observe a suspect, later identified as James C. Tomsic, 18, of Allentown, Pa. stealing GPS devices, tools and other items from his vehicle. The victim, who was a computer repair technician, told police at first he thought the individual going through his vehicle was a friend looking for certain tools, but when he approached the suspect and placed his hand on his back, the suspect, later identified as Tomsic, spun around and pushed the victim in the chest, knocking him back into the rear of the vehicle.
The victim told police Tomsic had left some of his own property behind in his haste to flee the scene including some cash, a set of brass knuckles and red plastic hotel key with Room 316 marked on it. The officer then went on a systematic search of other hotels on Baltimore Ave. heading north from 21st Street to determine where the red hotel key tag was from.
The search led to the Riviera Motel where a clerk identified the key as belonging to the establishment. Staying in Room 316 were three underage individuals registered in the name of John Davis.
The officer went to Room 316 and observed through an open door an individual, later identified as Tomsic, who matched the description provided by the car break-in victim lying on the floor between two beds. The officer called to Tomsic, who was unresponsive. Tomsic briefly woke up and muttered something about drinking too much before passing out again, according to police reports. When the officer and the employee attempted to prop Tomsic up, a silver-colored GPS device matching a description provided by the theft victim fell out of his pocket.
On a dresser in plain sight were several computer power cords, cell phones, GPS devices belonging to the victim. Tomsic was arrested and charged with robbery, theft, assault, drug charges and weapons charges and other charges. On Wednesday, Tomsic pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and theft under $1,000 and was sentenced to 18 months, all of which was suspended. He was also fined $500 and placed on probation for two years.
Unruly Bar Customer Fights With Officers
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested on assault and resisting arrest charges last week after first refusing to leave a bar and later fighting with police attempting to force him to leave.
Around 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, Salisbury Police responded to the Monkey Barrell Bar and Grill for a reported unruly guest refusing to leave. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, later identified as Kevin Lamont Chandler, 34, of Salisbury, and attempted to take him into custody.
According to police reports, Chandler became combative inside the establishment and struck police officers. He then relocated to the parking lot, where he continued to refuse to comply. After a substantial struggle, Chandler was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assaut, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and obstructing and hindering an investigation.