Bottle, Knife Threat Results In First-Degree Assault Charge

OCEAN CITY — A local woman faces first-degree assault and other serious charges this week after allegedly first bashing her ex-boyfriend over the head with a liquor bottle before threatening to kill him with a knife while he was still dazed.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on Philadelphia Avenue in the area of 12th Street for a reported assault that had already occurred. Responding officers were advised a male victim had been struck in the head with a glass bottle and had been threatened with a knife by a female assailant at the apartment complex.

Arriving officers met with a female at the apartment complex who was crying hysterically. The female, identified as Amanda Abbey, 26, of Ocean City, told police her ex-boyfriend had assaulted her and then ran away. However, police interviewed the male victim and a witness who told a different version of the story.

The victim told police Abbey had arrived at the apartment complex and demanded a meeting. Because the male victim had small children in his unit at the time, a meeting was arranged in a different unit, which was reportedly vacant at the time. A verbal argument ensued and the victim turned his back on Abbey and attempted to leave.

According to police reports, the victim was then struck in the head by Abbey with a liquor bottle as he attempted to leave. The victim told police when he regained his senses, he observed Abbey approaching him with a chef’s knife with an eight-inch blade. According to police reports, Abbey lunged at the victim’s mid-section, but he was able to deflect her assault. The victim told police that enraged Abbey, who then approached the victim with the same knife held high over her head in a stabbing motion.

The victim told police Abbey charged at him with the knife while shouting, “I’m going to kill you.” The victim was able to hold off Abbey and suffered no knife injuries although it was noted in the police report he had a large gash on his head that was bleeding profusely. The victim said he feared for his life because of the blow to the head and that Abbey came at him with “rage in her eyes,” and that “she wanted to kill me.”

Officers located an unbroken bottle of Pinnacle Whipped vodka on the floor of the apartment along with a chef’s knife in the kitchen sink. According to police reports, Abbey later admitted that knife was the same one she had pointed at the victim. Based on the evidence and testimony, Abbey was charged with first- and second-degree assault and other serious charges.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.