Assault Charge For Knife Threat

Assault Charge For Knife Threat

OCEAN CITY — A Salisbury man faces two counts of first-degree assault and other serious charges this week after allegedly threatening two individuals with a knife in the downtown Ocean City area early Saturday morning.

Around 2:25 a.m. last Saturday, two individuals, a 21-year-old male and a 22-year-old male, both of Philadelphia, approached an OCPD officer on patrol in the 2nd Street area and reported they had just been assaulted by a group of male suspects who had then fled the scene. The victims told police one of the suspects had presented a knife and threatened them with it.

OCPD officers on the scene were able to quickly obtain a description of the suspects and the vehicle in which they were traveling and the information was broadcasted over police radio. A short time later, OCPD officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle heading north on Baltimore Ave. and stopped it near 2nd Street. Each of the occupants of the vehicle were detained and questioned by police.

OCPD officers were able to determine one of the suspects, identified as Anthony Hardy, Jr., 19, of Salisbury, was in possession of the knife used during the assault and the weapon was seized as evidence. Hardy has been charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and concealing a dangerous weapon.

OCPD officers also determined the suspect vehicle was rented and that the driver, a 17-yer-old juvenile from Salisbury, was in violation of the vehicle’s rental agreement. During a search of each of the vehicle’s occupants, officers found the juvenile to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The juvenile has been charged with driving a rented motor vehicle in violation of the rental agreement and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Hardy was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released after posting a $110,000 bond. The 17-year-old juvenile is being charged as a minor and has been referred to the Maryland Department of Social Services Juvenile Justice for processing.