4 further juveniles have been arrested and charged in reference to an April 1 retailer theft in Atlantic Metropolis that resulted within the dying of its proprietor, Mahmood Ansari, prosecutors stated Tuesday.
The 4 juveniles are ages 11 via 15 and are all feminine. Every has been charged with second-degree theft, second-degree conspiracy to commit theft, and theft. One of many two 14-year-olds have been charged with fourth-degree felony mischief.
“I wish to commend the Atlantic Metropolis Police Division for his or her effort in dealing with this matter. They haven’t solely labored laborious to determine these accountable and maintain them accountable, however they’ve additionally labored laborious to bridge the gaps between two communities, so that everybody feels secure,” stated Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner in a assertion.
The theft passed off in two phases round 7:40 p.m. on April 1 on the Atlantic Metropolis Boardwalk. A bunch of about six to eight juveniles – two of whom had been armed with a knife – ransacked a retailer owned by Ansari, who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan greater than 40 years in the past.
Ansari collapsed and died after the theft. Ansari’s son, Asif, instructed Fox Information that household has not acquired an post-mortem report. He stated the costs in opposition to the juveniles don’t go far sufficient, as a result of he believes they’re answerable for his father’s dying.
“The investigation remains to be occurring. However even should you learn the information about these 4 juveniles they captured, it’s solely about theft,” Asif stated.
Officers who responded to the April 1 theft arrested a 12-year-old male and a 14-year-old feminine. The 12-year-old was charged with two counts of theft, 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 theft, merely assault, shoplifting, and conspiracy.
Asif instructed Fox Information shortly after the April 1 theft that within the months prior, crime was steadily growing within the space and that police had been largely ineffectual. He stated situations have considerably improved since his father’s dying.
“We nonetheless miss him and we will’t recover from it,” Asif stated. “We really feel like he’s nonetheless with us.”
The theft additionally got here amid a spate of lethal assaults dedicated by juveniles. The week earlier than the theft, two females, ages 13 and 15, had been charged in a carjacking that led to the dying of an Uber Eats supply driver in Washington, D.C.