Hit and run

A J-1 visa student was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after she was struck by a car in the 200 block of Philadelphia Avenue early that morning.

The 21-year-old woman from Slovakia, whom police did not identify, was struck by a SUV when she was riding her bike south on Philadelphia Avenue around 3 a.m.  The driver did not stop.

The victim was taken by Ocean City EMS to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said that Maryland State Police helicopter was requested, but could not assist because of high winds.

Ocean City Police have identified a suspect, and charges are pending.

Parking lot fight

Ocean City Police arrested a Shippensburg, Pennsylvania couple after they argued in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Philadelphia Avenue early last Thursday.

Aaron J. Henke, 26, was screaming at his girlfriend, Mariah Gettle, 22, after she left a bar with another man, according to police reports. Henke allegedly was screaming racial slurs about the man with whom Gettle left.

Police said that Gettle screamed back at him and punched a parked car. She was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.

Witnesses told police that Henke punched Gettle in the face when they started to fight inside a nearby hotel. He was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.


Joseph Huffman, 21, of Mechanicsville, Maryland was arrested after he allegedly fought his roommate in a Somerset Street hotel early last Saturday.

The roommate told police that he fought with Huffman in Delaware earlier that day. The fight started when Huffman broke the windshield of the victim’s Dodge Truck.

Huffman was left behind in Delaware, and the roommate went back to their hotel room in Ocean City. Later, Huffman came back to the hotel and allegedly attacked his roommate.

There was “blood all over the [room] and everything was in disarray” when police arrived, according to reports. Huffman was bleeding from his face, and his roommate’s face was swollen. Both men had bruises.

Huffman was charged with second-degree assault.

Assaulting bouncers

Gregory Davis Sterling, 35, of Berlin, was arrested after he reportedly assaulted two security staff members at an Ocean City nightclub last Friday.

When police arrived, security staff were holding Sterling on the ground because he was “too drunk” and was “going to start a fight,” according to reports.

Sterling allegedly kicked security guards in the face when on the ground.

When police told Sterling to leave, he allegedly shoved them and refused the leave the premises after he stood up.

Sterling was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Theft from cars

Yanick Tchitembo, 25, of Washington D.C. was arrested for allegedly breaking into three cars in a hotel parking lot on Second Street on Aug. 25.

A man reported that his jeep was broken into and told police he saw Tchitembo roaming the parking lot and looking through car windows before the theft.

Tchitembo had $9.50 in loose change, cologne, lotion, a first aid kit, a tire gauge, a flashlight, a piece of silver jewelry, Bluetooth connector and a phone charger in his possession. The man and two other victims told police the various items belonged to them.

Tchitembo was charged with three counts of theft from a motor vehicle and various other charges.


Honore Mbaye, 19, of Baltimore, was charged with fraud after he used someone else’s debit card at a hotel last Thursday.

Police found Mbaye after the card holder reported her card had been compromised. He allegedly charged $771.30 at a hotel and two other locations.


Theodore Gaines, 19, of Great Mills, Maryland was arrested after he allegedly stole $600 in cash from the purses of vacationers from a midtown hotel on Tuesday.

Three women said they went for a walk on the beach with a man around 2 a.m. while their friend slept and two other men, including Gaines, were in the room. When the group returned, the cash was gone.

Police stopped Gaines in a black Mazda on 49th Street and smelled marijuana in the car. Police found $465 tucked in the ceiling compartment. During an interview, Gaines originally said he had $200, but later changed the amount multiple times.

He was charged with four counts of theft less than $1,000.

Domestic violence

Joseph W. Kilma, 24, of Thornton, Colorado was arrested after witnesses saw him punch his girlfriend several times on Robin Drive early Tuesday.

Witnesses told police that Kilma dragged the woman by her hair into an apartment while she was screaming for help.

Kilma told police that they were drinking at a bar and started to fight. When they arrived back at the apartment, she allegedly bit him on the hand. The victim, whose eyes were swollen, told police that Kilma punched her in the face once.

Kilma was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.


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