A mother and daughter from Ontario, have been identified as the Canadian tourists killed in Atlantic City this week.
Po Lin Wan, 80, and Alice Mei See Leung, 47, were fatally stabbed with a 12-inch butcher knife as they walked down Pacific Avenue near Michigan at about 10 Monday morning.
Antoinette Pelzer, 44, of Philadelphia, is accused of attacking Leung in her upper body, then striking Wan in the lower body, hand and shoulder as she tried to help her daughter. She bled to death.
While on the ground, Pelzer allegedly tried to grab Leung’s purse off her shoulder. When she wouldn’t let go, the attacker stabbed her some more, according to the complaint read in court Tuesday. Leung was stabbed in her upper body and died of multiple sharp-force injuries, with a puncture to her heart, an autopsy showed.
At the time of the attack, an Atlantic City Police Officer Jacob Abbruscato was patrolling the area and intervened within 13 seconds, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said.
He was able to get Pelzer to drop the knife, and take Pelzer into custody.
The women were rushed to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center — a half-block from the attack — where they were pronounced dead that afternoon.
Pelzer is charged with two counts of murder, unlawful possession of a
weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and robbery.
Superior Court Judge Michael Donio set her bail at $1.5 million full cash.
Pelzer — who family members have described as schizophrenic and homeless — indicated she would apply for a public defender. No one has been assigned the case yet.