(June 14, 2019) One day after Ocean City Police distributed video images to learn the identity of a suspect in a Boardwalk stabbing Sunday, the suspect was found and now awaits extradition to Worcester County.
Harold Rafael Nunez-Dominguez, 19, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has been charged with multiple counts of first and second-degree assault, as well as two counts of reckless endangerment. He remains in police custody in Pennsylvania pending extradition to Ocean City.
Police reported a fight involving multiple parties on Sunday about 12:26 a.m. at Caroline Street and the Boardwalk.
Police said the preliminary investigation indicated during the melee Nunez-Dominguez stabbed a pair of juvenile victims, ages 15 and 17, with the latter flown to Shock Trauma. The younger stabbing victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment. Both victims are said to be in stable condition.
In a statement on Monday, Police Chief Ross Buzzuro credited concerned community members for helping crack the case after footage of the suspect was captured by Boardwalk surveillance cameras and shared on social media and area broadcast news outlets.
“We would not have the photographs, video evidence and the ability to quickly identify the suspect without our City Watch program,” he said. “The investment in the town’s surveillance technology is a key factor in solving this case.”
Regardless of photographic evidence, police said numerous tips from citizens and an unnamed hotel employee, who helped confirm the suspect’s lodging arrangements, were primary factors in locating Nunez-Dominguez.
“We work closely with the Chamber of Commerce and the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association on ways to properly identify their guests,” Buzzuro said. “With the visitors of our community changing weekly, the partnership of our residents and business community is invaluable to our department and to our investigations.”