ATLANTIC CITY — A city man was taken to jail Thursday morning after his second arrest within hours for damaging property and assaulting a security guard at the Atlantic City Convention Center, police said.

At 8:19 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the convention center for a report of a man who was trespassing and had damaged property, police said in a news release. A NJ Transit police officer arrested Jalil Ceaser, 34, and turned him over to city police.

Ceaser was charged and released on a summons from the Public Safety Building at 1:25 a.m. Thursday, police said. Less than 40 minutes later, he returned to the convention center and hit an on-duty security guard with an object before running away.

The guard, 57, was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, with a serious injury to his eye, police said. They did not identify the guard.

At 3:36 a.m., officers responded to the convention center after Ceaser returned again, damaging more property, police said. K-9 Officer Anthony Grajales-Prado and his partner, Chase, arrested Ceaser without incident after finding him holding a large piece of wood.

Ceaser, who was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and defiant trespass, was taken to the Atlantic County jail.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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