Four further juveniles have been arrested and charged in reference to an April 1 store robbery in Atlantic City that resulted in the death of its owner, Mahmood Ansari, prosecutors stated Tuesday.
The 4 juveniles are ages 11 by way of 15 and are all feminine. Each has been charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, and theft. One of the 2 14-year-olds have been charged with fourth-degree felony mischief.
“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,” stated Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner in a statement.
The robbery befell in two phases round 7:40 p.m. on April 1 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. A bunch of about six to eight juveniles – two of whom have been armed with a knife – ransacked a retailer owned by Ansari, who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan more than 40 years in the past.
Ansari collapsed and died after the robbery. Ansari’s son, Asif, informed Fox News that household has not acquired an post-mortem report. He stated the fees in opposition to the juveniles don’t go far sufficient, as a result of he believes they’re accountable for his father’s death.
“The investigation is still going on. But even if you read the news about those four juveniles they captured, it’s only about robbery,” Asif stated.
Officers who responded to the April 1 robbery arrested a 12-year-old male and a 14-year-old feminine. The 12-year-old was charged with two counts of robbery, illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for illegal objective, easy assault, shoplifting, terroristic threats, and conspiracy. The 14-year-old was charged with robbery, merely assault, shoplifting, and conspiracy.
Asif informed Fox News shortly after the April 1 robbery that in the months prior, crime was steadily rising in the realm and that police had been largely ineffectual. He stated situations have considerably improved since his father’s death.
“We still miss him and we can’t get over it,” Asif stated. “We feel like he’s still with us.”
The robbery additionally got here amid a spate of lethal assaults dedicated by juveniles. The week earlier than the robbery, two females, ages 13 and 15, have been charged in a carjacking that led to the death of an Uber Eats supply driver in Washington, D.C.