“That’s scary:” Motel residents react to homicide incident in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. – An argument in Ocean City led to blood on the floor, caution tape, and questions about how this incident left one man dead.
“That’s scary to still see that crime scene, that’s scary,” Sharina Burkes, Rambler Motel resident, said.
Residents of the Rambler Motel are still in shock a day after hearing and seeing a deadly altercation between their neighbors.
“Very scary because they were there last night until all wee hours of the morning,” Pam Laird, Rambler Motel resident, said.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police responded to Elm Street due to reports of an assault.
“There were several deputies and several state troopers on the scene, any type of serious scene like that you know we are going to have an increased presence of law enforcement to immediately assess the scene,” Sheriff Matt Crisafulli, with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, said.
Responding officers found 37- year-old Nicholas Pittman lying on the ground, unresponsive with a stab wound to his neck. EMS soon pronounced Pittman dead at the scene.
According to charging documents, when law enforcement arrived, they saw their suspect standing by the victim, and surveillance cameras caught the suspect throwing a bloody steak knife out of the apartment. Residents told 47 ABC the suspect and Pittman were friends and that their hearts ache because they personally knew the stabbing victim.
“I just gave him a ride the other day, it’s scary you never know when your life is going to be cut short,” Burkes said.
“The boy, he always helped me he always took my trash out and all, he was a good guy,” Laird said.
The stabbing suspect, Sherronte Robins, admitted to stabbing Pittman and is being charged with murder, assault, and reckless endangerment.
“If the public is in fear, there is no immediate threat to the public in reference to this related incident,” Sheriff Crisafulli said.
While the suspect may be in custody, the crime scene is a reminder to neighbors of how fleeting life can be.
“You’re not promised tomorrow, be nice to the next person because you never know what could happen and life’s too short to be negative,” Burkes said.
According to court documents, the stabbing suspect, Robins had a lengthy, criminal record that includes drug-related crimes and misdemeanors.