Ocean City Today

Police/Courts June 30, 2017

Jun 29, 2017

Boardwalk robbery

Ocean City Police arrested William J. Acosta-Barbosa, 37, Rebecca F. Cakar, 42, and Vanessa Rusch, 41, after they allegedly attempted to rob a man at knifepoint around 3:30 p.m. on June 23. None of the individuals have a fixed address in Maryland.

Police said a man was looking at his phone while he was sitting on a Boardwalk bench near South First Street when Cakar, grabbed his hair and pulled his head backward. She allegedly told the victim to give her money and cigarettes.

According to the report, when the victim told them he did not have any money, Acosta-Barbosa threatened him with a knife. Eventually, the trio let the man go.

Police found Cakar near Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue. Acosta-Barbosa and Rusch were located near the South Division transit center. The victim identified all suspects.

Acosta-Barbosa later admitted that he got the knife from Rusch and he was trying to scare the victim, the report stated.

He was charged with carrying an assisted opening knife with the intent to injure, possession of an assisted opening knife, attempted first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

Cakar was charged with strong arm robbery and second-degree assault. Rusch was charged with possession of a deadly weapon.


Police arrested a Westminster, Maryland, man for an assault inside a home on Eight Street last week.

In the late hours of June 22, officers were dispatched to a residence where they met with a man who had blood on his face and hands. The man told police he saw a stranger, later identified as 27-year-old Domonic Balassone, in his home carrying several of his belongings.

Balassone allegedly threw the items on the ground when he was caught, and started punching the resident. After allegedly biting the victim, he left the area.

Police said the victim had a small open cut on his finger when they interviewed him.

Balassone was found on the sidewalk of St. Louis Avenue near 15th Street a few minutes later. He was charged with burglary, malicious destruction of property and theft in addition to assault.

Domestic dispute

A domestic dispute ended with one party arrested, as Ocean City Police charged Maurice Barnes, 25, of Brandywine, Maryland, with assault on June 23.

Around 3:37 a.m., police reported to a hotel near 22nd Street, where a man said he was drinking and playing cards with his boyfriend. The two argued, and Barnes refused to let his boyfriend leave the room, the report stated.

At that point, the two physically fought and Barnes allegedly choked his boyfriend. The victim had several lacerations on his neck and elbows, according to the police report.

Barnes was charged with unlawful detainment and second-degree assault.


Police arrested two young adults for fighting near 27th Street and Baltimore Avenue in the early hours of June 25.

Officers on patrol saw Jeremy Dugan, 21, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Geoffrey Hollen, 20, of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, punching and grabbing each other in a parking lot.

The two told police they were friends and fighting over where they would stay for the night.

Dugan and Hollen were charged with second-degree assault and affray.

Attack on police

Ocean City Police arrested Jarett Houston, 29, of Willingboro, New Jersey, after he allegedly attacked an officer on the Boardwalk near 12th Street around 10:30 p.m. on June 23.

Police said that Houston became agitated and started swearing when officers attempted to arrest him for an open container violation. He allegedly jumped from the Boardwalk to a nearby loading dock, but police stopped him.

When officers grabbed his arms to put him in handcuffs, Houston allegedly pushed back and punched an officer. When an officer attempted to hip toss Houston, he allegedly grabbed him and drove him to the ground with him. While he was on the ground, officers finally put handcuffs on Houston, the report stated.

Houston was charged with obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.

Assault in plain sight

Police arrested John Pearce, 21, of New Castle, Delaware, for assault around 3 a.m. on June 25.

Near Ninth Street and Baltimore Avenue, police said Pearce began yelling at a woman he knew. While she was attempting to calm him down, Pearce allegedly slapped her with an open hand.

Pearce was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.


Ocean City Police charged a teenager this week for allegedly breaking into a downtown store and stealing a safe earlier this month.

The store owner reported that his business was burglarized on the morning of June 15.

The safe contained roughly $15,000 in it. Sodas, beer and water were also stolen.

Police said that surveillance camera footage showed two men, one later identified as Joshua Skidmore, 19, of Cantonsville, Maryland, carrying the safe outside the business.

Photos from the surveillance camera were posted on social media, which led to Skidmore’s father identifying him. His vehicle, which was spotted on the surveillance camera, had $100 in loose change and various bottles of beer and water in it. The store owner confirmed the brands of beer and water were the same brands that were stolen, the report stated.

Skidmore was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree theft, and theft of more than $10,000.

Three drug busts

Undercover officers arrested three men for distributing marijuana after arranging drug deals with them.

Justin Stock, 18, of York Haven, Pennsylvania, was arrested around 10 p.m. on June 22. He allegedly approached an undercover officer in a parking lot on 26th Street and asked if he would like to buy two grams of marijuana.

Torran Spencer, 29, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was arrested around 9:45 p.m. on June 23. He allegedly sold an undercover officer an ounce of marijuana for $50 in a 17th Street parking lot. Spencer also sold to other people in Ocean City under the alias “the Wiz,” according to police reports.

Allen Nelson, 20, of Salisbury, was also arrested on Friday night. Police say they exchanged text messages with Nelson, when he agreed to sell marijuana in West Ocean City. After an undercover cop bought marijuana, police allegedly saw Nelson sell another bag of marijuana in the same parking lot before being arrested.

Firearm possession

Matthew N. Watkins, 33, of Wilmington, Delaware, was arrested on June 24 for allegedly pulling a handgun while inside a bar on 116th Street.

Witnesses said that Watkins had also racked the slide of the handgun before pointing it at someone around 1:47 a.m. He left the bar and walked northbound through the parking lot.

When police surrounded the bar, officers found Watkins behind the building. He did not have a gun on him, but police found a holstered Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .40 caliber handgun hidden nearby.

He was charged with possession of a gun.

Five arrested in fight

Ocean City Police made five arrests following a fight on the Boardwalk near 312 Talbot Street around 1 a.m. on June 24.

Police said there was a fight in a parking lot, and about a dozen people surrounded that area. Timothy Greer, 34, of Bel Air, Maryland, and Marwan W. Saleh, 22, of Ocean City, allegedly were punching each other. Both men slammed into a nearby Subaru.

Officers also said Terrence Allen, 30, of Bel Air, Maryland, and James McGarry, 25, of Ocean City, were yelling at each other and might start a physical fight. McGarry allegedly tried to rush at Allen, but people were holding him back.

When officers attempted to arrest Allen, he allegedly refused to show his fists until police deployed a Taser.

Allen’s sister Heather Stone, 32, of Bel Air, Maryland, was also arrested for interfering with his arrest.

All men were charged with disorderly conduct. Greer and Saleh were also charged with affray and Allen was charged with resisting arrest.

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