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Suspect Tased, Arrested in O.C. Boardwalk Fight

Joseph Tyrice Cromartie Joseph Tyrice Cromartie

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police say officers deployed a Taser on a man who was involved in a fight on the boardwalk that drew a large crowd of rowdy bystanders.

Police said the incident occurred at around 1 a.m. Sunday, when officers on uniformed bicycle patrol near 5th Street and the boardwalk observed two males pushing and arguing with one another. This caused a very large crowd to gather, according to police.

Officers attempted to separate the two males but police said one of the suspects, who was later identified as 20-year-old Joseph Tyrice Cromartie of Clinton, Md., became combative and assaulted the officers. One of the officers used his Taser to subdue Cromartie, who was eventually arrested.

Police said that by that time, the large crowd which had gathered at the scene began acting in a disorderly, aggressive manner, taunting and making threatening statements toward officers.  Additional officers responded to the scene, including K-9 and mounted patrols, Worcester County Sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police troopers. The crowd was quickly dispersed and order was restored to the area, police said.

Per Ocean City Police Department policy, Cromartie was transported by Ocean City EMS to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin for examination as a result of the use of the Taser device. He was released to police a short time later with no reported injuries.

Cromartie was charged with two counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, failure to obey law enforcement and resisting arrest. After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, he was released on his own recognizance.

No officers were reported as injured during the incident.


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