An Atlantic City man has been convicted of the armed robbery of a convenience store last February, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Wednesday.

Matthew Bumpers, 24, was convicted of the armed robbery of the 24/7 Food Mart on the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue. 

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On Feb. 12, 2013, Bumpers and an unidentified accomplice entered the Food Mart, assaulted the cashier and demanded money while holding him at gunpoint. They seized $200 in cash, cigarettes and a cell phone. They broke the store's landline to prevent the victim from notifying police before they fled the scene.

The victim's co-worker witnessed the robbery from a joint-surveillance system at the company's neighboring store a block away. He chased the assailants as they fled the store until they split ways. He continued to pursue bumpers and followed him onto a jitney, where he called 911 and reported the robbery.

An Atlantic City Police officer on patrol observed Bumpers exit the jitney with the witness in pursuit. The witness flagged down the officer, who was able to apprehend Bumpers after a brief pursuit. The accomplice was not found or identified.

Bumpers was convicted of first-degree armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons charges. He faces between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison and is scheduled to be sentenced March 21. 

Braden Campbell

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