A wild weekend of shooting and violence in Atlantic City culminated Sunday morning with the Atlantic City SWAT team arresting two men and a juvenile.
Authorities were investigating a Saturday night carjacking, in which two people were wounded, when police arrived at a home in the 500 block of Robinson Avenue.
Atlantic City Police said they were searching for Austin Clark, 19, of Atlantic City, who was a suspect in an armed carjacking, an armed robbery and several shootings. Clark was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault and weapons offenses for a June 8 shooting of Richard Davis, who was shot in the arm and leg in Atlantic City.
When the SWAT team arrived at the home, they arrested a 17-year-old juvenile who had a handgun in his waistband, police said.
There, police also detained Abdul Bailey, 20, of Atlantic City, who was suspected for an armed robbery on the 1800 block of Rev JJ Walters Ave. on Saturday night in which a cell phone was taken at gunpoint, police said.
As the SWAT Team surrounded the residence, officers heard a single gunshot.
As SWAT officers Chris Smith and Justin Draper observed Clark emerge from a rear doorway, according to police reports.
Asked if Clark was aiming at officers, Atlantic City police Sgt. Monica McMenamin said, “It’s too early to tell,” referencing an ongoing investigation.
Police said Clark ignored their orders to stop and descended a stairwell with an object in his hand, fleeing on foot as Smith pursued.
Officer David Shapiro intercepted Clark as he ran, and Clark was arrested, police said.
Authorities said they recovered a handgun outside of home as well as several pieces of evidence associated with the shootings earlier in the evening.
As of Sunday night, Clark was charged with carjacking, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, in addition to previous charges from the June 8 shooting, police said. His bail was set at $1 million, McMenamin said.
Bailey was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy and theft in connection with the alleged cell phone robbery.
Police said additional charges are being prepared.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 609 347 5766. Information can also be called into Crimestoppers at 609 652 1234.