MURDER USA Two Drug Dealers Arrested After Striking Police Officers in Ocean City
Caught red-handed weighing and bagging pot to sell to crowd of car rally drivers, dealers intentionally struck and flipped cops over their car
WHEN THE PUNKS
COME TO THE BEACH
OCEAN CITY, MD — Maryland State Police reports that they are investigating an incident from overnight on Sept. 30, 2017, in which officers fired their weapons in Ocean City as a culprit drove a vehicle into and injured two police officers.
The Ocean City event occurred when the two police officers were struck by a driver trying to run them down to avoid arrest. Neither officer hit their target when they fired their sidearms.
One law enforcement officer struck is a supervisor with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team task force. The other is a police officer with the Ocean City Police Department. Both officers struck by the vehicle were transported to an area hospital where they were treated and released.
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Antonio Ambrosino, 18, of Seaford, DE. He is charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault, as well as one count each of reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
The passenger in the vehicle driven by Ambrosino is also under arrest. He is identified as Arkad Espinal, 20, of Shillington, PA. He is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
The driver, later identified as Ambrosino, quickly accelerated and turned the vehicle to the right, striking the deputy. After striking the deputy, Ambrosino put the car into drive and accelerated forward. He then steered to the left and drove directly at an Ocean City officer, striking him. The force of the impact catapulted the officer over the hood, windshield, and onto the roof of the car.
Neither suspect was hit when police fired at them as they struck the officers. Both are awaiting their initial appearance before a court commissioner.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation into the police-involved shooting, at the request of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocean City Police Department. Investigators have been in contact with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office overnight and will ultimately present their completed investigation to that office for review.
The preliminary investigation indicates that just after 11:00 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2017, the deputy sheriff was working an assignment in Ocean City and pulled into the back of a shopping center lot between 33rd and 34th streets on the ocean side of Coastal Highway. The deputy saw a Chevrolet Malibu parked in the lot with two men inside. He notified dispatch that he would be checking on the vehicle and an Ocean City Police Department patrol unit with three officers responded to assist.
According to the preliminary investigation, the deputy and an Ocean City officer approached the car on opposite sides, while two officers positioned themselves near the rear of the vehicle. As the deputy walked up, he saw the two men in the car weighing and bagging marijuana.
The Maryland State Police allege that when the suspects saw the officers approaching, they immediately attempted to hide the marijuana in the car. The deputy gave commands to the suspects, but they were ignored and the driver started the car and put it into reverse.
The driver, later identified as Ambrosino, quickly accelerated and turned the vehicle to the right, striking the deputy. After striking the deputy, Ambrosino put the car into drive and accelerated forward. He then steered to the left and drove directly at an Ocean City officer, striking him. The force of the impact catapulted the officer over the hood, windshield, and onto the roof of the car. The driver continued to accelerate away and the officer was thrown onto the hood of a vehicle parked nearby.
The preliminary investigation indicates the Ocean City police officer who was struck fired at the driver after being hit and another Ocean City police officer fired at the driver as he was striking the officer. Neither suspect was struck by the rounds fired by officers.
After fleeing the parking lot, the suspect vehicle ended up at a dead end on 41st Street on the bay side. Police took Espinal into custody at the car. Ambrosino jumped into the bay but was later arrested about eight blocks north of that location.
Investigators have learned that during the incident, Ambrosino stated he would rather die than go to jail.
Investigators have learned that during the incident, Ambrosino stated he would rather die than go to jail. The car driven by Ambrosino was impounded by State Police investigators. A search warrant is being obtained for the car.
Ocean City had attempted to cancel what had been billed as the H2O International, which gathered souped-up Audi’s and Volkswagens which arrive each year to create mayhem on the public roads with peeling rubber contests, illegal street drag races and other such instances that create danger for the public.
The Ocean City Police said that they were prepared for the event. As the car racers descended on the beach resort, a pedestrian was struck by a police vehicle and that incident remains under investigation.
The Ocean City Police said on Sept. 20th that while the annual H2O International event has been canceled, the Ocean City Police Department continues to anticipate a large number of car enthusiasts in the resort beginning Monday, September 25 through Sunday, October 1. Police plan to continue a proactive enforcement strategy with no tolerance for unsafe moving violations and disruptive behavior.
“Due to the increased number of visitors, citizens can expect to see an increased police presence during this event,” commented Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We want all visitors to enjoy our resort town, but do so in a safe manner and to with respect to our laws and local ordinances.” Allied agencies will be in Ocean City to assist including the Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority, and Worcester County, Wicomico County and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Offices.
OCEAN CITY OFFICER RAN OVER PEDESTRIAN WHO WAS LEGALLY IN THE CROSSWALK
OCEAN CITY, MD – The Ocean City Police Department reported on Oct. 1, 2017, that the agency’s Traffic Safety Unit is currently investigating a pedestrian collision involving a marked Ocean City Police patrol vehicle that occurred on September 29, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of 56th Street and Coastal Highway.
The pedestrian, a 26-year-old male of Connecticut, was treated for his injuries on scene and flown to Peninsula Regional Medical Center via Maryland State Police Trooper 4 helicopter. He was released from the hospital later that evening with minor injuries.
The preliminary investigation shows that the Ocean City Police officer was driving east on 56th Street and made a left turn onto northbound Coastal Highway before striking the pedestrian. At the time of the collision, the Police SUV had a green light and the pedestrian was legally in the crosswalk.
Ocean City Police report that they aren’t giving up the name of the officer or the pedestrian, who likely won’t have any trouble finding a lawyer.
“The identity of the pedestrian and the police officer involved will not be released at this time.”