09/15/2022 | Cops and Courts – September 16, 2022

Two arrested for theft

OCEAN CITY — Two Pennsylvania men were arrested last week after they allegedly assaulted a victim and took her property before abandoning her in the city center.

At approximately 2:50 a.m. last Thursday, officers from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) responded to area 1st Street and Baltimore Avenue for a reported robbery and assault. Officers met with the complainant, who advised two male suspects, later identified as Gage Heverly, 21, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Elisha Vann, 24, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, took fence posts from a white picket fence and tried to fight them off. , according to police reports.

The complainant pointed to a white picket fence at a nearby hotel, according to police reports. The clerk at the nearby hotel informed Heverly and Vann that they had just come up but had no fence posts with them. The officer saw Heverly and Vann come out of the hotel lobby and asked them to sit down.

Heverly and Vann each told the officer they had been “jumped” by nine strangers. Vann had a hanger in his shorts, which he told officers he grabbed because the fight was nine-to-two, according to police reports. Both Heverly and Vann suffered various abrasions, according to police reports.

The complainant allegedly told police that he and his friends were playing and jostling when, out of nowhere and without provocation, Heverly approached and punched him in the face, according to police reports. The victim reported that a brief scuffle ensued and Heverly and Vann grabbed fence posts from the nearby hotel.

The victim told police his friends pushed him away and the fight died down, but he noticed his jacket and bag were stolen during the melee. Victim allegedly told police he saw Heverly and Vann abandon his property in Sector 2n/a Street and Baltimore Avenue and he was able to get it back.

Officers located the two missing fence posts near the hotel. Heverly and Vann were each arrested. Heverly was charged with robbery and second-degree assault. Vann was charged with theft.

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Woman charged with assault

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania woman was arrested last weekend after allegedly assaulting her boyfriend at a downtown residence.

At approximately 11:07 p.m. last Friday, officers from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) responded to a Plover Drive residence for a reported domestic assault. The complainant told Ocean City Communications that he heard a woman crying in an adjacent unit, according to police reports.

OCPD officers arrived and made contact with a male victim, who reported that he and his girlfriend, later identified as Kelly Johnson, 35, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had just arrived in Ocean City for a stay when she assaulted him, according to police reports. .

The victim is said to have scratches on his chest, neck and face and bruising near his left eye. The victim advised that Johnson headbutted him, according to police reports. OCPD officers interviewed Johnson, who allegedly told them the couple had an argument and then admitted to assaulting the victim. Johnson allegedly told police she slapped the victim, causing injuries, according to police reports. Johnson was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. A search of his person revealed nothing of probative value, according to police reports.

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Assault, arrest for impaired driving

OCEAN CITY — A Virginia man was arrested last week after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend inside a vehicle downtown.

At approximately 12:35 a.m. last Tuesday, officers from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) were dispatched to Area 5e Street for a reported domestic assault that had occurred. Ocean City Communications advises that a red Volkswagen pulled out of a motel parking lot on the 5the Street and headed north on Baltimore Avenue.

Officers quickly located the vehicle in the back parking lot of a hotel on 11e Street. OCPD officers observed a man later identified as Ronald Rivera-Garcia standing next to the vehicle, according to police reports. When asked if he had been drinking, Rivera-Garcia, 33, of Springfield, Va., reportedly replied that he had had a few beers. Rivera-Garcia was asked to submit to a battery of field sobriety tests, which he did not complete to the satisfaction of officers, and he was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving .

Back to 5e Street, two witnesses reportedly told OCPD officers that they saw Rivera-Garcia assault his girlfriend in the red Volkswagen. The witness was able to provide a description of the suspect and the vehicle and reported that it was heading north on Baltimore Avenue, according to police reports.

AT 5e Street, OCPD officers reportedly observed a woman walking, shouting into the phone. When questioned, the woman, who had visible abrasions to her collarbone, denied that there had been an altercation and that she only wanted to return to her hotel room, according to police reports. Rivera-Garcia was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and impaired driving, according to police reports.

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Woman found on the ground

OCEAN CITY — A Dundalk, Md. woman was arrested last week after she was found lying on the kitchen floor without pants at a downtown residence she did not belong to.

At approximately 5:25 a.m. last Tuesday, officers from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) were dispatched to the 6e Street for reported burglary in progress. Ocean City Communications advises that a female suspect entered the residence and was in the kitchen, according to police reports. The suspect entered the residence through a sliding rear door.

OCPD officers arrived and encountered a male occupant of the residence, who informed the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Ashley Warren of Dundalk, Maryland, lying on the kitchen floor without pants, according to police reports.

OCPD officers entered the unit and observed Warren lying on the floor covered with a blanket, according to police reports. Officers escorted Warren out of the condo and made him sit on the steps. When asked for her name, she was only able to provide her first and middle name, according to police reports.

When asked where she was supposed to be, Warren allegedly told officers she was in the right place and was in her bed. Warren showed signs of intoxication, according to police reports. She was arrested at that time and charged with fourth-degree burglary.

OCPD officers interviewed the male occupant of the residence, who indicated he was sleeping when he heard Warren crying in the kitchen. The victim told police she saw the back sliding door open with a pair of jeans lying next to it. The victim told police she saw Warren lying on the kitchen floor without pants and covered her with a blanket.

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Arrest for hotel assault

OCEAN CITY — A Huntingtown, Md. man was arrested last weekend after he first allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at a downtown hotel and then shouted swear words at officers trying to evict him places.

At approximately 3:05 a.m. last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a Boardwalk hotel at 4:00 p.m.e Street for a reported possible domestic assault. OCPD officers responded to the room on the ninth floor and could hear the raised voice of a man coming from the unit, according to police reports.

Officers made contact with the man, later identified as Joshua Piovesan, 22, of Huntingtown, Maryland. Officers met a female victim, who told them she and Piovesan had a verbal argument, but she couldn’t remember if he pushed her, according to police reports. The victim told police that the couple had a fight because he couldn’t locate the keys to his vehicle.

Officers searched for Piovesan’s vehicle in the parking lot of a nightclub on 49e Street and located. The female victim told officers that everything was fine and that the alleged assault was more of a mental assault. Convinced that everything was fine, officers evacuated the scene with no action taken, according to police reports.

However, before an officer left the scene, he received another call from Ocean City Communications that the victim had called back and wanted Piovesan removed from the room. When questioned, Piovesan admitted pushing the victim onto a bed, according to police reports.

Officers responded to the hotel room on the ninth floor, and Piovesan was reportedly angry and screaming. During their second visit, OCPD officers observed abrasions on the victim. When questioned, Piovesan admitted pushing the victim onto a bed about two hours earlier.

Based on the evidence, Piovesan was arrested and charged with second-degree assault at that time. As OCPD officers escorted Piovesan into the hotel lobby, he began to shout “[expletive deleted] pigs,” and that the officers “smelled like bacon,” and other racist vulgarities, according to police reports. Additional charges of disorderly conduct were added to the original charge of second-degree assault, according to police reports.

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Protective order violated

OCEAN CITY — A local man was arrested last week after he allegedly punctured his ex-girlfriend’s bicycle tires and violated a restraining order.

At approximately 5:40 p.m. last Thursday, officers from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) were dispatched to a motel at 22n/a Street for a reported violation of a protective order. Officers met a female victim who advised that a man she knew came to the hotel she was staying at and slashed her bicycle tires, according to police reports. The victim reportedly told police she had a protective order against the suspect, identified as Adam Widener, 39, of Ocean City.

The victim allegedly told police she was staying with her family at a northern residence when she received a call from a witness about Widener cutting the tires off her bicycle, according to police reports. The witness, a hotel employee, told officers he watched CCTV and observed Widener slashing the tires of bicycles on a bike rack, according to police reports.

The victim provided police with a protective order against Widener that was issued in June. The witness told police that Widener drove through the motel parking lot at least three times and looked at her as if he wanted to cause her bodily harm, according to police reports.

The victim said that despite the protective order, Widener texted her at least six times and attempted to call her at least three times, according to police reports. Widener was located and arrested for malicious destruction of property, stalking, and violation of a protective order.

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