Six Arrested In Boardwalk Beating Incident

OCEAN CITY — Six Eastern Shore men have now been arrested and charged with first-degree assault for their roles in the severe beating of a man on the Boardwalk back on June 9.

Around 10:15 p.m. on June 9, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 11th Street and the Boardwalk for a reported assault. Arriving officers found the victim slumped over on the Boardwalk and bleeding from several wounds on his face and head. Bystanders reportedly told police the victim had been assaulted by as many as 10 male suspects.

The victim was bleeding from his right eye, his mouth and his ears, according to police reports. Ocean City EMS responded and treated the victim at the scene before he was eventually transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. An OCPD detective went to PRMC to interview the victim. According to police reports, the victim told the detective he was talking to someone on the Boardwalk when a group of males proceeded to attack him.

The victim told police the members of the group punched him several times until he fell to the ground. Once the victim was on the ground, members of the group began kicking and stomping him until he lost consciousness and that he didn’t remember anything else about the attack after that, according to police reports.

In the weeks since, OCPD detectives have reviewed surveillance video, received calls and emails and even a link to a Youtube video to identify the suspects and begin making arrests. Among the suspects identified through the investigation are Daveione Cephas, 20, of Cambridge; Cortez Murray, 23, of Easton; Sincere Sorrell, 18, of Cambridge; Marcus Butler, 27, of Cambridge; Orlando Nichols, 20, of Cambridge; and Xavier Spencer, 19, of Cambridge. Each of the suspects has been charged with first-degree assault and each is being held without bond.

A video obtained by the OCPD allegedly shows Murray and Sorrell kicking and stomping on the victim while the victim lied motionless on the Boardwalk. The video also shows Butler allegedly picking up an object and throwing it at the victim while he lied unconscious.

A separate video showing a different angle of the attack allegedly shows Nichols kick the victim in the head at least three times in a stomping motion while the victim was on the ground and defenseless. The same video allegedly shows Cephas kicking the victim in the head two or three times while he was defenseless and unconscious on the Boardwalk. The video also allegedly shows Spencer striking the victim in the head with a skateboard at least two times, while also kicking the victim in the head.

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.