Police Capture Three Suspects in Atlantic City Armed Robbery
Atlantic City police recently arrested two adults and one juvenile who have been accused of committing an armed robbery on a city street.
The violent crime was allegedly committed just before midnight on Sunday. The victim was walking along Morris Avenue in Atlantic City NJ when the three suspects allegedly approached him, violently assaulted him, and held him up at gunpoint. The victim later told police that one of the suspects was brandishing a firearm and pointed it at him during the robbery. The suspects reportedly ordered the victim to hand over his cell phone and his wallet.
After getting the victim’s personal items, including his phone and his debit card, the suspect allegedly ran off and tried to flee the area on foot. The victim was unable to call the police because he no longer had his cell phone, so he walked for a short distance until he found two AC police officers near the intersection of Morris Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. The victim informed the police officers of the assault and robbery and provided them with descriptions of his assailants.
Atlantic City police officers canvassed the area in search of the suspects and soon located the two adult suspects walking on the 3300 block of Arctic Avenue. AC cops placed the men under arrest without incident.
The juvenile suspect was more difficult for police to apprehend. According to law enforcement officials, Atlantic City cops found the 17-year-old suspect walking nearby the other suspects and chased after him when he tried to make a run for it. During the police pursuit, the suspect allegedly tossed a handgun underneath a car parked on the side of the street. Police later recovered the weapon, which was reportedly loaded with ammunition. The suspect was eventually captured after he tried to run across a patch of ice and slipped and fell to the ground.
The three suspects were all taken to Atlantic City police headquarters for processing. They face serious criminal charges for armed robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The juvenile suspect faces an additional criminal charge for resisting arrest because he allegedly tried to flee the arresting officers prior to being captured.
The adult suspects include an 18-year-old man from Egg Harbor City and a 19-year-old man from Somers Point. The juvenile suspect is a 17-year-old who resides in Atlantic City, NJ. If the suspects are convicted on the most serious criminal charges against them, they could wind up behind bars for a very long time. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies robbery as a first degree felony when the offender used a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or a knife, during the commission of the theft. In this case, the adult suspects face up to 20 years in NJ State Prison on the armed robbery charges, while the juvenile suspect could face a similar penalty if he is tried as an adult.
If you have been arrested and charged with armed robbery, theft, or any other crime in Atlantic City or anywhere else in New Jersey, you need to talk to a qualified criminal defense attorney. The experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyers at Brown Law can help you fight the charges and avoid the most severe penalties. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.