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Six charged for assaulting students

Group allegedly punched, robbed J-1 visitors during Monday morning argument
By Katie Tabeling | Jul 27, 2017
Source: OCPD

(July 28, 2017) Six Washington D.C. area residents were arrested on first-degree assault, weapons violations and other charges on Monday after an argument turned physical downtown Monday morning.

Around 2:40 a.m., Ocean City police were dispatched to a condominium in the 300 block of St. Louis Avenue for a reported strong-arm robbery. Witnesses told police that a group of J-1 visa students had reportedly argued with a group of five men and two women.

The altercation began when glass bottles were reportedly thrown from the condominium across the street to the ground near the group and their pick-up truck, according to the report. The group then demanded to be let inside the J-1 student’s condominium.

One student told police that during the argument, his phone rang so he answered it. The group reportedly thought the J-1 visa student was calling the police, so one of the suspects punched him in the face and stole his phone. Another student told police he was punched in the side of the head.

A third student told police that he was struck in the back of a head with a handgun. Detective James Rodriguez reported that that he had “visible trauma to his skull...below his left ear with dried blood in the [swelling] wound.”

Police later interviewed several witnesses who saw two men attacking a student. They also said one of the group pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the J-1 students.

After the alleged assault, the group left the area in the black pick-up truck. A 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 truck matching that description was seen headed west on Route 50 and stopped near Wal-Mart in Berlin.

During a search of the vehicle, police found the stolen cell phone, valued at $200, and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

Ocean City Police arrested the six people inside the car:

• Monae D. Harrington, 20, of Waldorf, Maryland was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, handgun in a vehicle, and use of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

• Novio V. Smallwood, 16, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, handgun in a vehicle, and use of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

• Jayvonta D. Thomas, 22, of Hyattsville, Maryland was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, handgun in a vehicle, and use of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

• Tijay M. Thomas, 19, of Hyattsville, Maryland was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, handgun in a vehicle, and use of a handgun during the commission of a felony.

• Jaquan A. Vinson, 16, of Capitol Heights, Maryland was charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun as a minor, use of a handgun during the commission of a felony, and knowingly altering a firearm identification number.

• Quincy D. Whitman, 22, of Suitland, Maryland, was charged with robbery, first-degree assault, theft of less than $1,000, second-degree assault, possession of a handgun, use of a handgun during the commission of a felony, and knowingly altering a firearm identification number.

All six were transferred to Worcester County Jail without bond.

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