ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – A 16-year-old male wanted for an earlier armed robbery was arrested by police in Atlantic City Saturday afternoon.
ACPD Sergeant Christopher LoDico was investigating the robbery, and patrol units were dispatched to search for the suspect.
Officer John Bell observed the suspect juvenile accompanied by a group of males in the 1600 block of Atlantic Avenue at 5:34 PM. As officers Bell and Ivan Cruz attempted to stop the juvenile, he began to walk away and refused to comply with their commands. During the course of the foot pursuit, Officer Bell observed the juvenile discard a loaded handgun as the officers pursued him.
A brief struggle ensued between the juvenile and responding patrol units as he ran westbound on Atlantic Avenue. He was then apprehended at the corner of Indiana and Atlantic Avenues after continuing to run westbound on Atlantic Avenue. As a result of the search incident to the arrest, it was discovered that the juvenile was also in possession of 6 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Upon examination of the handgun, it was found to be equipped with a high-capacity magazine.