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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Service ID Helps Nab Burglary, Assault Suspect

OCEAN CITY — A Westminster man was arrested last week on first-degree assault and first-degree burglary charges after allegedly entering a downtown Ocean City residence and attacking the property owner.

Around 11:15 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a residence on 8th Street for a reported burglary and theft that had already occurred. The OCPD officer met with the victim, who had blood on his face and hands. The victim provided a description of his attacker and a neighbor who witnessed the end of the incident provided a similar description. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a gray shirt and black shorts. The witness told police the suspect had a prosthetic leg.

The victim told police he was walking from his bedroom to the bathroom when he observed the suspect, later identified as Dominic Balassone, 27, of Westminster, walking through his living room. The victim told police Balassone was carrying his personal property, including a model ship, his grandfather’s pocket watch and a geode rock.

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