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Police: ‘Heavily Intoxicated’ Navy Midshipman Threatened Cabbie With Butter Knife

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Anne Arundel County police say a 22-year-old Naval Academy midshipman has been charged with assault after threatening a cab driver with a butter knife following a night of drinking that ended Easter morning.

Police say the cabbie picked up two men from an Annapolis bar early Sunday, but when they arrived at Bay Head Road the men said they needed to get cash from a nearby residence.

The cabbie told police that one man, Midshipman 2nd Class Gabriel Voumard of Cape May, N.J., returned with a knife and ran aggressively toward him. Police say officers found a butter knife on top of the cab.

“We observed Voumard as a heavily intoxicated person,” Anne Arundel County Police Lieutenant T.J. Smith said.

Voumard is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield says Voumard was suspended indefinitely from the school’s lacrosse team pending the outcome of the investigation. He was named first team All-Patriot League on Monday.

Naval Academy officials are fully cooperating with police during the investigation.

The cabbie was eventually paid for the full fare.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

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