ATM Swiped In Downtown

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man and a juvenile were arrested last weekend after swiping an entire ATM machine from a downtown Ocean City parking lot.

Austin Emerick

Austin Emerick

Around 4 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police responded to the area of Somerset Street and Baltimore Ave. for a reported theft in progress. When officers arrived, they observed two suspects leaving the area with a large object in the back seat of their vehicle and a rear door of the vehicle forced open.

Officers stopped the vehicle on Somerset Street and discovered the large object was actually an ATM that had been stolen from a nearby parking lot. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Austin H. Emerick, 19, of Lancaster, Pa., and the passenger, a 17-yer-old juvenile from Millersville, Pa., were then arrested for theft.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Emerick and the 17-year-old juvenile were each charged with theft from $10,000 to under $100,000, malicious destruction of property and fourth-degree burglary. Emerick was seen by a District Court Commissioner and released on a $10,000 bond. The juvenile was released to his parents and referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.

Bat Attack Over Beer

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last Saturday after alleging striking a neighbor with a baseball bat during a dispute over beer.

Around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday, a Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence on Brewington Ave. in Salisbury for a reported assault with a baseball bat. Upon arrival, the deputy met with a victim who had been assaulted by a neighbor, identified as Steven Pappas, 44, of Salisbury. The investigation revealed an argument took place over the victim not getting any more beer, at which point Pappas allegedly began striking the victim with a baseball bat.

The victim was taken to PRMC for treatment. Pappas had left the area, but was picked up on a warrant the following morning. He was been charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Teen Robber Charged As Adult

SALISBURY — A 16-year-old Salisbury teen has been charged as an adult for the armed robbery of a bank on Isabella Street last week.

Around 9:50 a.m. last Tuesday, Salisbury Police responded to the PNC Bank branch on W. Isabella Street for a reported robbery. The initial investigation revealed a single male suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and learned the incident was captured on security cameras within the bank. The description of the suspect was immediately broadcasted to responding police officers. Further investigation revealed the suspect was a white male, wearing a red baseball cap and blue shirt, roughly 16-20 years old. Salisbury Police began to immediately search the area for the suspect.

Around 10:25 a.m., a suspect, identified as Michael Reed Quillen, was stopped in the area of Parsons Rd. and Mitchell Rd. Quillen matched the description provided by the witnesses and was in possession of PNC Bank property. Witnesses were able to positively Quillen as the bank robbery suspect. Quillen also matched the description of the suspect captured on the bank security cameras.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation and conducted a K-9 track, which did not reveal any additional evidence. There were no injuries reported during the incident. Although Quillen is only 16 years old, he has been charged as an adult and is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

He has been charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft and assault. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Salisbury Police Department or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

Candles During Power

Outage Cause Pines Fire

OCEAN PINES — A residential fire in Ocean Pines last Friday was accidental and caused when candles used during a planned power outage were placed too close to combustibles.

Around 12:22 a.m. last Friday, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire in Ocean Pines. First arriving units observed fire extending from the garage and into the home. Ocean Pines was assisted by the Berlin and Showell Fire Departments and the fire was quickly extinguished. The home was occupied by a mother and two teenage children and no injuries were reported.

The investigation revealed candles were being used during a planned power outage. Delmarva Power shut off power to a large area of Ocean Pines early last Friday morning for a couple of hours to complete a maintenance project. The investigation revealed candles were placed too close to combustibles in the garage. The cause of the fire has been listed as accidental.

Solicitation Suspect Indicted

SNOW HILL — A Silver Spring man arrested in March after allegedly sexually soliciting and sending images of child pornography to a local teenage girl was formally indicted this week in Worcester County Circuit Court and now faces 14 total charges.

On March 30, the Maryland State Police forwarded a case involving child pornography and solicitation to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI). Detectives met with the complainant, the father of a 14-year-old girl who had allegedly been sexually solicited and sent pornography images by a suspect identified as Hector Ochoa-Barrios, 28, of Silver Spring.

WCBI detectives assumed the identity of the 14-year-old victim and continued communication with Ochoa-Barrios. The suspect again sexually solicited whom he thought was the juvenile and expressed an interest in meeting her to engage in various sexual activities.

Detectives arranged to meet with Ochoa-Barrios in Snow Hill. Ochoa-Barrios traveled over two-and-a-half hours to meet the victim and arrived in Snow Hill and was taken into custody. During a subsequent interview, Ochoa-Barrios admitted to having a sexual interest in young females and to downloading and having child pornography on his cell phone and on a tablet in his vehicle. He also admitted possessing and using a Social Security number that did not belong to him.

Ochoa-Barrios is classified as a “non-immigrant overstay” and he has been entered into the immigration system. On Tuesday, he was formally indicted on 14 counts including sexual solicitation of a minor, child pornography promotion and distribution, possession of child pornography and identity fraud, the latter for allegedly using a false Social Security number. His arraignment is scheduled for June 11.