(Jan. 3, 2020) Fifty-seven-year-old Ocean City local Walter Leslie Everett faces a first-degree assault charge after he was accused of kicking a homeless man in the face during a theft, potentially blinding the man in the left eye on Dec. 26.
Everett himself often changes addresses or is homeless, police reported.
That evening, around 7 p.m., police were dispatched to 106 N. Division St. for a report of a theft.
There, police met the alleged-victim who is homeless and physically disabled.
He told police that he was laying under a blanket near the public comfort station on the Boardwalk to escape the wind and cold temperatures, and next to him was a plastic bottle containing liquor.
Police reported that as the victim was lying under his blanket, Everett approached him and demanded the victim give him the bottle of alcohol.
Everett then allegedly kicked an aluminum can at the victim, which hit him.
The victim told police that after he told Everett to leave him alone, the suspect kicked him three times on the left side of his face, and left with the liquor bottle.
Police reported the victim’s left pupil was dilated and much larger than his right pupil.
Ocean City EMS arrived on scene, and suggested the victim be transported to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation, stating his injuries were serious and could have life-altering side effects.
However, the victim refused treatment.
Police reported interviewing another homeless man who witnessed the incident, and confirmed the victim’s account, stating Everett had kicked the victim and “messed him up.”
Police located Everett on the 100 block of 15th Street, and interviewed him.
Everett told police that he had encountered the victim and had taken the bottle of liquor, but denied striking the victim.
Police arrested Everett, who faces charges for first- and second-degree assault, robbery, theft less than $100, littering, reckless endangerment, unsafely crossing in the path of a vehicle and failure to yield right-of-way to vehicle.
Around 10 p.m., the assault victim called resort EMS for chest pain.
The victim told police that he could not see out of his left eye, and the victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury for further treatment.