UPDATE: Two men charged after allegedly striking officers with vehicle in Worcester Co.
Two men are facing multiple charges, after authorities say they struck law enforcement officers with a vehicle, in Ocean City.
The Office of the State' s Attorney for Worcester County says on October 24, 18-year-old Antonio Ambrosino, of Seaford, was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury for 15 separate charges including attempted first degree murder of an ocean city police officer, assault in the first degree against that same ocean city police officer, assault in the first degree against a Worcester County Sheriff's deputy and member of Worcester County's Criminal Enforcement Team. Ambrosino is apparently also charged with a variety of drug related charges including Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Psilocybin with the Intent to Distribute, Attempting to Elude Police Officers giving chase, and Transporting a Gun Replica.
The charges stem from an incident that happened on October 1, around 11:00 PM, when Ambrosino and 20-year-Arkad Espinal, of Reading, Pennsylvania, reportedly struck law enforcement officers with a vehicle as authorities approached them in a shopping center parking lot, in Ocean City. Ambrosino and Espinal were allegedly bagging marijuana at the time.
Authorities report that Espinal was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of psilocybin with the intent to distribute, and transporting a gun replica.
In reference to the charges, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro says, "these indictments reflect the exemplary partnership between the men and women of the Ocean City Police Department and the Office of the State's Attorney. We are very fortunate to live in a jurisdiction where law enforcement works both quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of not just our officers but the community in general".
Beau Olgesby, State's Attorney for Worcester County, says, "Law enforcement and the citizens of Worcester County are always safer when there is a strong and special relationship between the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday and the prosecutors who work with them. The people of Worcester County should feel comfort in knowing that the bond between our county's law enforcement and this administration is unshakeable".
Officials say Espinal's trial is set for February 8, and Ambrosino's trial is set for February 12.