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Police arrest three men for assaulting Uber driver in car

By Katie Tabeling | Jul 27, 2017
Courtesy of: OCPD

(July 28, 2017) Ocean City police arrested three men Tuesday after they allegedly attacked a man in his car and took his car keys.

Police were dispatched to Seabay Lane around 1:46 a.m. for the report of a strong-arm robbery. When they arrived, they found a man sitting inside a Toyota Corolla with facial injuries.

The victim, an Uber driver, told police that he stopped to allow three men to cross the street. The three men were later identified as Avontai K. Bland, 21, of Laurel, Delaware, Khalil D. Carroll, 21, of Salisbury, and Stephon L. Hammond, 22, of Seaford, Delaware.

The victim said a man in a red jacket, Bland, walked up to the Corolla’s driver side and punched him in the face. During the assault, a man in black shirt, Hammond, attempted to steal the keys out of the ignition. A third man wearing a white shirt, Carroll, removed the keys from the ignition, according to reports.

The trio then drove away in a black mini-van, the victim told police. Ocean City Police were able to find the three suspects in their car at a gas station on Route 50 in West Ocean City.

The victim identified all three men as his assailants.

Bland and Carroll had “glassy, bloodshot eyes…and could not communicate effectively,” according to the police report. Both denied being in Ocean City.

Hammond told police that when they were walking, they saw a person driving a car too fast. He added that the car stopped abruptly when the trio entered the roadway and there were no problems.

Bland was charged with robbery and second-degree assault. Carroll was charged with robbery and theft of less than $1,000. Hammond has been charged with robbery and possession of oxycodone, as police found two pills on his person during a search.

Each is being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building awaiting an appearance before a Maryland District Court Commissioner.

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