Ryan Adrien Waters

Ryan Adrien Waters, 26, of Snow Hill

(Feb. 8, 2019) What started as a call to 911 led to the arrest of a 26-year-old Snow Hill man on drug and assault charges last Sunday.

According to the arrest report, Ryan Adrien Waters was charged with possession of cocaine and second-degree assault, after police received a 911 hang-up call from an uptown apartment building.

Police said the call came in around 4:04 p.m. and that a juvenile female asked for the police and said “someone was trying to kill her.” The caller hung up after that short message.

Police later entered the apartment unit, smelled burning marijuana, and saw several damaged items, including broken glass and a smashed flat screen television, the report said.

The juvenile told police a man named Ryan, wearing a hoodie and black pants “was trying to kill her.” She added that the suspect, later identified as Waters, was under the influence of cocaine, and “became overly aggressive and violent with her.”

Police began searching for Waters, and found a white powdery residue, identified as cocaine, in the first bedroom, according to the report.

The woman pointed in the direction of the powder residue, and yelled, “that’s cocaine.” She added there was cocaine throughout the apartment.

The woman told police Waters allegedly grabbed her by her arms and violently shook her, according to the report. She accused him of throwing glass vases and other items at her head and feet, “attempting to ‘kill her.’”

The officer did not see any visible injuries on the woman, according to the report.

The officer saw unidentified pills scattered on the nightstand, credit and gift cards on the bed and “gutted” tobacco cigars scattered throughout the unit.

Police found Waters approximately 15 minutes later. He told police he had been staying in the apartment unit with the female, and “some glass was broken” before the police arrived, according to the report.

Following Waters’ arrest, police searched him and found an iPhone that showed a text from a contact called “old white guy,” who asked, “can you bring 120.”

Individuals who purchase and sell drugs save contacts under fake names to avoid detection, according to the officer on scene. The message “request[s] an amount of cocaine available for sale/purchase.”

Police later executed a search warrant on Feb. 3 for Waters’ residence in Ocean City and found several multiple plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance, multiple cut plastic straws containing a white powder substance, tinfoil containing a white powder substance, a plastic tube containing green leafy vegetable matter, and a digital scale containing and leafy vegetable matter and white powder, according to the report.

Waters is being held on a $15,000 bond for the possession charge. His trial is scheduled for March 11 in courtroom one of the Worcester County District Court on 65th Street in Ocean City.

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