SNOW HILL — One of two Baltimore men arrested last August after allegedly refusing to pay a taxi cab fare before threatening and assaulting the driver and stealing the keys to the vehicle was found guilty last week of second-degree assault and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, all but 10 days of which were then suspended.
Around 2:45 a.m. last Aug. 17, Ocean City Police responded to the area of 126th Street and Coastal Highway for a reported armed robbery. The investigation revealed four individuals refused to pay the taxi cab fare. Two of the individuals, later identified as Justin M. Washington, 26, and Troy M. Thomas, 24, both of Baltimore, threatened and assaulted the driver before stealing $60 in cash and the keys to the taxi.
Upon arrival on the scene, OCPD officers observed Washington and Thomas chasing the taxi driver south on Coastal Highway. Thomas allegedly had a softball-sized rock in his possession at the time. Washington was taken into custody at the scene without further incident. Thomas fled to a nearby condominium and was later arrested.