(May 24, 2019) Elijah Al Tonnie, 32 of Ocean City, was charged with first and second-degree assault and false imprisonment after a May 7 incident in which witnesses told police he wielded a knife and threatened to kill everyone in a Philadelphia Avenue unit, near the 100 block.

Upon police arrival just after midnight, one witness said Tonnie was threatening a woman with a knife.

According to charging documents, another witness, who was apparently dating Tonnie, told police he woke her up to confront her about calls made to another man. Tonnie then accused the woman of cheating on him, blocked her in the room and threatened to kill her.

Tonnie allegedly threatened the woman with a pocketknife and, when the woman yelled through the window for help, he threatened to stab her to death if police were called. He also apparently threatened to kill everyone in the unit.

The witness eventually escaped and went into a roommate’s room and told the roommate, “I thought I was going to die.”

Police later found the pocketknife hidden under a pillow in the witness’s bedroom.

Tonnie was arrested and the knife was placed into evidence. He waived his right to an attorney during an initial hearing on May 7, and a preliminary hearing was set for June 3 at the Worcester County District Court in Ocean City.

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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