A vehicle struck a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy and Ocean City Police officer during an attempted arrest in Ocean City. Both officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment and later released.
Approximately 11 p.m. Saturday, the Worcester County Sheriff deputy pulled into a shopping center parking lot between 33rd and 34th streets in Ocean City, while working on an assignment. He observed a Chevrolet Malibu with two occupants in the parking lot. After notifying dispatch that he would be checking the vehicle, four officers, including an Ocean City Police Department patrol unit arrived to the scene.
The Ocean City officer and deputy approached the vehicle on opposite sides, while the remaining officers were positioned near the rear. The deputy observed the occupants weighing and bagging marijuana in the vehicle. The suspects tried to hide the marijuana after they saw the deputy approaching. Ignoring the deputy commands, the driver started the vehicle and put it into reverse, according to the news release.
The driver immediately accelerated, turned the vehicle, struck the deputy, accelerated forward, steered to the left and hit the Ocean City officer who was thrown over the hood, windshield and onto the roof of the vehicle. The drive continued forward and the officer was thrown onto another vehicle nearby.
The Ocean City officer and another officer discharged their weapons, missing both suspects. The driver, 18-year-old Antonio Ambrosino of Seaford, Delaware was apprehended after the vehicle came to a stop on 41st Street. The other suspect, 20-year-old Arkad Espinal of Shillington Pennsylvania, fled the area, but was arrested about eight blocks north.
Ambrosino was charged with attempted second-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
Espinal was charged with possession of a control substance with intent to distribute.