Fountaine

Robert Fountaine, 32, was charged with first degree murder after allegedly stabbing his 68 year-old neighbor to death Sunday.

Robert Fountaine, 32, was charged with first degree murder after allegedly stabbing his 68 year-old neighbor to death Sunday.

ATLANTIC CITY — A 68-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday afternoon and his neighbor has been charged in the murder, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Monday.

Police received a call reporting an assault on the 12th floor in the hallway at Inlet Towers, 220 N. New Hampshire Ave., at 1:13 p.m. Sunday, according to a release from the Prosecutor’s Office.

The victim, Thomas A. Hill, was found unconscious and bleeding in the stairwell on the 11th floor, officials said. Hill was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses directed officers to a man who was attempting to leave the scene, officials said. The man, who was identified as Robert Fountaine, 32, was detained by police.

Fountaine was charged with first-degree murder and third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

An investigation found that Fountaine physically assaulted and stabbed Hill in the common area hallway outside of their apartments, authorities said.

An autopsy was pending, officials said.

Fountaine was held at the Atlantic County jail awaiting further court proceedings.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and police.

The Prosecutor’s Office said charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes can call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office website and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.

People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

Contact: 609-272-7239 AAuble@pressofac.com Twitter @AublePressofAC

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