On February 14, 2020, Nacqueese Humphrey, age 27, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to serve 25 years in the Division of Correction, with all but 20 years suspended, for his conviction of a domestically-related first-degree assault. The Honorable Beau H. Oglesby of the Worcester County Circuit Court imposed the sentence and placed Humphrey on supervised probation for 5 years upon his release.
The charges stem from an incident which occurred outside of a Baltimore Avenue motel on August 25, 2019. Humphrey struck a female victim in the head with a closed fist in front of an Ocean City Police officer and several onlookers. The force of the punch caused the victim to fall and strike her head on the pavement, making her lose consciousness. Officers immediately moved to arrest Humphrey, who repeatedly tried to get back to the victim while shouting obscenities in her direction and was arrested after a struggle with police. Other officers rendered assistance to the victim who was eventually transported to shock trauma by helicopter due to the extent of her injuries. Witnesses on scene advised police they overheard Humphrey yelling at the victim over the phone just prior to the assault, telling her that he had smashed out her vehicle’s windows. Police later located her vehicle and observed one window was shattered inward and multiple shoe prints were visible on another. The victim suffered a broken jaw and a fractured skull as a result of the attack and is still receiving medical treatment for her injuries.
Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser commended the Ocean City Police Department, Ofc. Sheffy and Det./Cpl. Foreman for their investigation and applauded the first responders who provided swift assistance to the victim. Heiser stated, "My office is proud to give survivors of domestic violence the opportunity to be truly heard. We witness their strength and courage every day and are grateful to partner with them to send a powerful message to abusers that violence will not be tolerated in Worcester County. This case is yet another example of our commitment to protecting the vulnerable and keeping our community safe."