OC Home Burglary Suspect Found Passed Out Nearby

OCEAN CITY — A Bishopville man was arrested on first-degree assault charges last week after first allegedly breaking into the resort residence and then passing out in the yard in his own vomit.

Around 9 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a residence on Sunset Avenue for a reported breaking and entering that had already occurred. Upon arrival, the officer observed the door to the unit ajar with the framing, trim and lock destroyed.

The officer met with the victim who told police a group of five individuals had broken into his unit. According to police reports, the victim told officers he was sleeping upstairs when he heard a loud commotion coming from downstairs. The victim told police when he went downstairs, he found five individuals in his unit and recognized almost all of them.

Outside of the unit, the officer observed a suspect later identified as David Gault-Godinez, 24, of Bishopville, lying in the grass and covered with what appeared to be his own vomit. According to police reports, Gault-Godinez appeared to be sleeping in the grass, and when the victim came outside, he identified him as one of the individuals he had found inside his home.

According to police reports, located in plain view in Gault-Godinez’s jacket pocket was a blue tooth speaker belonging to the victim. Lying in the grass next to Gault-Godinez was an Xbox game controller that also belonged to the victim. The combined value of the stolen goods found on or near Gault-Godinez was around $180.

Another OCPD officer awoke Gault-Godinez and discovered a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person. According to police reports, Gault-Godinez appeared to be covered in his own vomit. At that point, Gault-Godinez was arrested. A search incident to the arrest revealed a bag of suspected marijuana and a digital scale on which marijuana residue was evident, according to police reports.

When questioned, Gault-Godinez reportedly told police he was let into the residence and was told he could sleep where he was lying. When asked why he was in possession of the victim’s property, Gault-Godinez responded “I don’t know, whatever,” according to police reports.

Gault-Godinez was ultimately charged with first-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property. He was released after posting a $3,500 bond.

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.