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Authorities Arrest Juveniles Allegedly Involved in Boardwalk Robbery

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ATLANTIC CITY—On Saturday, May 2, 2021, detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and detectives of the Atlantic City Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section arrested additional juveniles in connection to a robbery on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on April 1, 2021, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. This investigation is continuing in order to identify and charge any additional individuals involved in the robbery, Prosecutor Tyner said.

At 7:41 p.m., on April 1, 2021, Atlantic City Police Officers responded to a business in the 1500 block of the Boardwalk in reference to a male with a knife.  Personnel at the Atlantic City Police Surveillance Center further advised officers that multiple juveniles were damaging the store and assaulting individuals.  While attempting to steal items, a 12-year-old male brandished a knife and threatened the store owner.

Responding officers arrested a 12-year-old male and a 14-year-old female.  Shortly after the arrival of the officers, the store owner Mahmood Ansari, of Atlantic City, collapsed and was not breathing.  A bystander initiated CPR, which was taken over by Officer Joseph Kelly and then medical personnel.  Ansari was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus, where he was pronounced deceased.

“I want to commend the Atlantic City Police Department for their effort in handling this matter.  They have not only worked hard to identify those responsible and hold them accountable, but they have also worked hard to bridge the gaps between two communities, so that everyone feels safe,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation. The investigation continued as detectives worked in an attempt to identify the other juveniles that were involved in this incident.

These latest charges of the additional juveniles not only include the incident at Ansari’s store, but additional criminal acts the juveniles committed at other stores along the boardwalk prior to the final incident.

The juveniles who have been charged:

15-year-old Atlantic City Female

  • 2nd Degree Robbery
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

11-year-old Atlantic City Female

  • 2nd Degree Robbery
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

14-year-old Atlantic City Female

  • 2nd Degree Robbery
  • 4th Degree Criminal Mischief
  • Shoplifting
  • 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

14-year-old Atlantic City Female

  • 2nd Degree Robbery
  • Theft
  • 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

“This investigation has been a top priority of the Atlantic City Police Department. We know that this investigation is very important to our community.  Our detectives have diligently and expeditiously worked with our partners from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office to hold each individual accountable who were involved in these crimes,” said Atlantic City Police Interim Officer in Charge James Sarkos.

On April 1, 2021 Atlantic City Police also arrested and charged the following juvenile in connection to the robbery:

12-year-old Atlantic City Male

  • First-degree Armed Robbery
  • Shoplifting
  • Second degree Terroristic Threats
  • Third-degree Possession of a Knife for an Unlawful Purpose
  • Simple Assault
  • Second-degree conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery
  • Fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Knife
  • Fourth-degree Criminal Mischief

The four female juveniles were transported to Harborfields Youth Detention Facility. The state is represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Edmund Maliqui-Burgos.

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If anyone has information regarding this incident please contact the ACPO Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7800 or visit the Prosecutor’s Office website at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People may also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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