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(Feb. 15, 2019) After responding to a domestic dispute that apparently took place over the course of three hours, police arrested a 56-year-old Ocean City man last Wednesday.

Michael John March, of Ocean City, was charged with second-degree assault, according to an arrest report from the District Court of Maryland for Worcester County.

Police went to the uptown home around 9:36 p.m. and said they recognized the two people from previous calls. Police said a woman called 911 and said she feared for her safety. She added that March had locked her out of her cell phone.

Police attempted to locate March about a separate incident, but reported he wouldn’t come to the door to talk and only would speak to them from a second-story window. 

March said police weren’t permitted to talk with the woman inside the home, but after multiple requests, he eventually brought her to the window.

The officers said they observed the woman looking at March whenever she would “It appeared that March had [her] in a position where she felt the need to only respond with what exactly March relayed to her,” the report said.

About 20 minutes later, the woman came outside to talk with police.

“He said if I opened the door for them ‘I will kill you,’” she told police. 

She said March was “severely intoxicated” according to the report. 

The woman then said she wanted to go back inside, but the door was locked and March wouldn’t answer the door, according to the report. 

Police contacted a locksmith to unlock the door and offered her a different place to stay, but the woman wanted to return to the unit, the report said.

As police were leaving the area, however, they heard someone scream “help me! Help me!” The report said an officer saw “March standing over [the woman] on the staircase and actively kicking her down the stairs.”

The woman told police she fell after March allegedly “pushed her down a flight of stairs,” according to the report. She also accused him of blocking her from going up the stairs.

“He just kicked me,” she said. 

March never met with police outside the home, and would only communicate with police via his lawyer. 

Following his arrest, March was first held without bond, but then released on a posted $10,000 unsecured personal bond on Feb. 8, according to the Maryland District Court CaseSearch website.

March’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 8 in courtroom 1 of the Worcester District Court on 65th Street in Ocean City.

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