Cops And Courts – May 3, 2019

Cops And Courts – May 3, 2019

Pedestrian Struck

OCEAN CITY — A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the area of 28th Street last weekend, but the victim was not seriously injured and no charges were filed against the driver.

Shortly after 5 p.m. last Sunday, a pedestrian ran into the southbound lanes of Philadelphia Avenue and was struck by a pick-up truck. According to witnesses, the pedestrian ran directly into the path of the vehicle and the driver had no time to react. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The driver was not cited.


Elevator Assault Arrest

OCEAN CITY — A Chester, Md. man was arrested last weekend after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in the elevator at a midtown hotel.

Around 2 a.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a hotel at 59th Street for a reported assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, the officer met with female victim and a male suspect, later identified as Austin Hennequin, 25, of Chester, in the hotel lobby.

According to police reports, the female victim was visibly upset and crying told police she and Hennequin had been drinking and were walking back the hotel when they got in an argument. When asked if the argument had turned physical, she reportedly told police it was “nothing she did not already feel comfortable with” and “nothing she could not handle.”

The OCPD officer then met with the hotel clerk, who had initiated the call. The clerk told police he observed the victim and Hennequin come into the hotel lobby and enter the elevator. However, when the elevator was about to close, the clerk heard the victim scream loudly. The clerk told police he went to the elevator and observed Hennequin on top of the victim, who was faced down.

The clerk told police Hennequin was punching the victim in the sides and that he had to pull Hennequin off of the victim. The OCPD officer then interviewed Hennequin, who told police he and the victim had been in an argument and nothing more. However, when pressed further, Hennequin told the OCPD officers “you guys know what happened,” according to police reports.

OCPD officers observed a bloody cut on the victim’s ankle, but when they asked her how she got it, she did not know. At that point, Hennequin was placed under arrest for second-degree assault. During a search incident to the arrest, OCPD officers located a spring-assisted knife in his right front pocket.

Once Hennequin was in the officer’s patrol car, he appeared contrite, saying things such as “It’s messed up pushing up on my girlfriend,” and “I’m not a bad guy, I’m mad at myself more than anything,” according to police reports.


Tirade Leads To Disorderly Arrest

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges last weekend after an alleged drunken, profanity-laced tirade.

Just after midnight last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to an apartment complex on North Division Street for a reported disorderly individual. Upon arrival, the OCPD officer observed several people outside their units with the suspect, later identified as Samuel Cornish, 56, shouting loudly.

According to police reports, Cornish told the officer his daughter was staying in one of the units where a separate incident had allegedly occurred. The OCPD officer observed Cornish walk in an aggressive manner toward the area where another OCPD officer was talking to the suspect in that incident.

OCPD officers reportedly told Cornish to stand back and not interfere, but he did not comply with their orders. When the officers told Cornish to leave the immediate area so they could conduct an investigation, he allegedly disregarded the lawful order. One OCPD officer physically grabbed Cornish by his arm and led him away from the area, but Cornish refused to comply and launched into an expletive-laced tirade.

Cornish’s tirade attracted the attention of other occupants in the apartment building along with passing motorists at the foot of the Route 50 bridge. He was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing and hindering.


Stumbling In Highway

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on disorderly conduct and trespassing charges last weekend after being found stumbling around the midtown area.

Around 12:40 a.m. last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to the area of 59th Street for an individual lying on the parking lot of a hotel. The caller told police it appeared the individual might be overdosing on something. The caller told officers the man had gotten up and was stumbling around and could barely walk and heading toward Coastal Highway, according to police reports.

OCPD officers observed the suspect, later identified as Michael Stanley, 24, of Westchester, Pa., walking north along Coastal Highway in the area of 63rd Street. Officers reportedly observed Stanley hit a real estate business sign and nearly fall into Coastal Highway at 70th Street, according to police reports.

Stanley reportedly detected OCPD officers were observing him and attempted to take furtive actions such as walking through private parking lots. At one point, Stanley hid under a condo building until he believed the officers had gone, according to police reports.

OCPD officers detained Stanley in the area of 74th Street. According to police reports, he did not know where he was and told officers he was returning to his condo at 88th Street, which he was said just a block away. However, he was being detained at 74th Street, which was 14 blocks away. Stanley was arrested and charged eventually with disorderly conduct and trespassing.


Local Man Arrested For Assault

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a midtown motel.

Around 10 p.m. last Thursday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a motel at 60th Street for a reported domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival, the officers could hear a man and woman arguing loudly from inside a second-floor unit. When officers knocked on the door, the suspect later identified as Jerome Hoffman, 50, answered and told the female victim, “see, you made them show up,” according to police reports.

Hoffman reportedly took a fighting stance toward the officers initially, but eventually complied with their orders to sit down. The victim reportedly told police she had been sitting on the bed talking to her daughter on the phone when an argument ensued between Hoffman and her daughter with the victim caught in the middle.

When the victim defended her daughter, Hoffman reportedly shoved her off the bed, causing her to hit her head on the leg of a table. According to police reports, the victim had a knot on the back of her head consistent with the story. However, Hoffman told the officers the victim was intoxicated and just fell. Based on the evidence and victim’s statement, Hoffman was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.


Jail For Drunken Outburst

OCEAN CITY — A local man, arrested in March on disorderly conduct charges after allegedly screaming expletives at someone who allegedly stole his watch before turning his racially-charged tirade in the direction of resort police, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to 32 days in jail.

Around midnight on March 16, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to an apartment building near the base of the Route 50 bridge for a report of a disorderly male banging on doors. OCPD officers responded and encountered Levin Martin, 34, who had since moved down to the public sidewalk. According to police reports, OCPD officers knew Martin from numerous prior encounters.

According to police reports, Martin was screaming racial statements that an unnamed individual had stolen his watch. When OCPD officers told Martin to calm down and lower his voice so they could investigate his claims, Martin allegedly directed his expletive-laced tirade at the police.

Martin could not be dissuaded from his racially-charged tirade at police and was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. Incidentally, during a search of Martin’s person incident to the arrest, his watch was found in his pocket, according to police reports. Last week, Martin pleaded guilty to public consumption of alcohol and failure to obey a lawful order and was sentenced to a combined 32 days in jail.


Broken Door Probation

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania woman, arrested in March after allegedly destroying a door frame at a midtown hotel during a domestic incident, pleaded guilty last week and was placed on probation for one year.

Around 3:20 a.m. on March 24, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a midtown 911 call. According to police reports, a male caller reported a woman had been hitting him and throwing drinks at him and was currently banging on the hotel room door while he had locked himself in the bathroom.

When police arrived, they found the suspect, later identified as Karen Miller, 65, of Pennbrook, Pa., in the hallway of the hotel with all her belongings on the floor. OCPD officers observed the door frame of the room to be broken and separated. Miller also exhibited signs of intoxication, according to police reports.

When police asked Miller what had happened, she began shouting in the hallway to the point other guests were coming out of their rooms and she was asked to lower her voice, according to police reports. Once calmed down, Miller told police she had been in an argument with the male in the room and he had locked her out.

Miller told police she began shouting for the male inside to let her back in. When asked if she had used her body to damage the door, Miller admitted she had, according to police reports. The door was valued at over $200. She was charged with malicious destruction of property and intoxicated endangerment. Last week, she pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property and was placed on probation for one year.