ATLANTIC CITY — Two Atlantic County men have been charged with assaulting and robbing a New York man over two days.
At 1:09 p.m. Monday, the 36-year-old New York man told officers in front of the Public Safety Building he was held against his will for two days and assaulted and robbed by three men, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.
The man reported being tied up inside an apartment in the first block of South Georgia Avenue and said he was repeatedly punched, had his feet burned with a blowtorch and had a fish hook stuck in his mouth and under his chin, Fair said. He also reported being robbed of more than $700.
The man was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, to be treated for his injuries.
Detectives Stephen Rando and Fariyd Holmes investigated and found a large fish hook in the apartment where the assaults allegedly occurred.
Rando and Holmes found Mark Hopewell, 32, of Atlantic City, in possession of a small blowtorch.
He was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal restraint and conspiracy.
Roberto Alicea, 28, of Mays Landing, was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal restraint and conspiracy.
Police were still investigating the identity of the third assailant.
Anyone with information can call the police Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766.
Information can be texted anonymously to tip411, or 847411. Begin the text with ACPD.