(March 13, 2020) Robert Lewis Smith, Jr., 21, of Berlin was convicted for second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property Friday, Feb. 27, and will spend 18 months in jail with 27 days of served credit. 

Smith’s first encounter with Ocean City police occurred on Sept. 1, 2019. 

An officer reported driving northbound near 28th Street, and heard loud arguing coming from a red 2018 Nissan Altima. 

The officer and the Nissan stopped at a red light near 30th Street, and the officer reported seeing Smith strike the driver of the vehicle in his right eye. 

The assault victim stepped out of the vehicle and seemed to be in pain, the police document said, and Smith soon followed and walked aggressively toward the driver. 

An officer ordered Smith to get on the ground, and police detained him in handcuffs. 

Police reported attempting to interview the victim, but could not do so because Smith was loudly yelling. 

An officer attempted to escort Smith to a patrol vehicle, but the suspect began twisting his body, kicked the officer and then tried to bite him or her. 

Police reported restraining Smith with a violent person-restraining device around his ankles, and then arrested him. 

Smith would encounter police again on Nov. 3, at a midtown hotel where they found Smith with a bleeding laceration on his left hand. 

According to the report, police saw a broken television on top of a dresser, as well as a broken coffee table. 

Smith told police that he had clipped the television while walking by, and that the coffee table had been in his way while walking out onto the balcony. 

Smith waived his right to a jury trial, and was convicted for second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property, with all other charges dropped. 

However, Smith potentially violated his parole for a fourth-degree theft conviction in Cecil County, which could affect his sentencing.  

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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