(July 26, 2019) After a bystander video captured a young woman assaulting an Ocean City lifeguard earlier this month, the two Beach Patrol members she allegedly attacked while being escorted off the beach filed charges on Saturday.
Police arrived on the beach by 13th Street shortly after Jennifer Cameron, 23, of Hyattsville allegedly punched OCBP assistant crew chief Kade Ramm in the face around 5 p.m. on July 7 and also reportedly took a swing at Beach Patrol Sgt. Tim Uebel.
According to police, Beach Patrol members were escorting Cameron along with a group of people off the beach for allegedly consuming alcohol.
On Saturday, Cameron was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 26 in Ocean City District Court.
Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin said filing charges was slightly delayed until both Ramm and Uebel could be cleared of beach duties to pay the court commissioner a visit.
“I just wanted to make sure they followed through with actually filing the paperwork necessary so that the female that assaulted them would be charged,” he said.
Arbin said both Beach Patrol members have now begun the legal process to hold Cameron accountable for her actions.
“When an assault occurs, and it’s not witnessed by the police, then the person assaulted has the option of going and completing documents for the court to go to the court commissioner,” he said. “The court commissioner looks at the documents and determines is there just cause to issue the charges.”
Although the situation got heated while escorting Cameron and her group off the beach, Arbin said the incident represents an aberration from typical enforcement procedures.
“In my 47 years … on the beach it’s [been] our responsibility to enforce all the ordinances and laws,” he said. “We’ve done that all along.”
By and large, when people are informed about violating a city ordinance few press the matter further, Arbin said.
“Most people are compliant [after] telling them the first time,” he said. “It could be as simple as … a person throwing a ball in front of a lifeguard stand, which is against city ordinance.”
Generally, Beach Patrol finds when informing individuals regarding rules and regulations that the overwhelming majority are unaware of the infraction, Arbin said.
“People that are smoking on the beach, they don’t know, and they comply,” he said. “It’s when people want to continue doing things they’re not allowed to do, then it becomes a problem.”
Despite the recent attack on a lifeguard, Arbin said 99 percent of people contacted regarding rules violations comply voluntarily.
“Our job is to create a safe and secure environment for everybody that comes to Ocean City on the beach, so that’s what we do,” he said. “It’s part of our responsibilities on the beach.”