ATLANTIC CITY - A 40-year-old man and his 29-year-old girlfriend are in custody following a late-night stabbing and standoff near Belle Haven Court.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue in reference to two males fighting over the purchase of a television set, police said.

A second caller later reported that one of the men had been stabbed in the leg, police said.

When Officer Jeff Dungan arrived, witnesses said the suspects - Benjamin Cintron, 40, of Elwood and Atlantic City, and Jacqueline Mercado, 29, of Atlantic City - had already fled on foot. Officers were also informed that Cintron had a gun.

The Atlantic City SWAT team and uniformed officers surrounded the Belle Haven Court building where the suspects were hiding. After a 40-minute standoff, Cintron eventually surrendered to police.

A replica handgun, several knives, heroin and paraphernalia were found inside the residence, police said.

Cintron was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a weapon-destructive device.

He was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice facility on $20,000 bail

Mercado, who police said was Cintron's girlfriend, was arrested on outstanding warrants.

The victim - Arnaldo Barrett-Fontani, 31, of Egg Harbor Township - was admitted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's city campus for stab wounds to his left leg, left finger and groin.

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