EGG HARBOR CITY — Police are investigating a Halloween night assault that injured a city man and his teenage cousin.
At 6:48 p.m., police responded to a call of a bleeding man walking near Philadelphia Avenue and Beethoven Street. Both victims were suffering from serious injuries, police said. The man, identified as Danny Peterson, 29, said he and his 15-year-old cousin were assaulted near Arago Street by a group of kids.
Peterson and the 15-year-old were headed to another family member’s house to go trick-or-treating with young cousins, according to family member Charli Corea.
Corea, who is the 15-year-old’s aunt and Peterson’s cousin, said both victims have been at an area hospital since the incident.
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“Our family is doing what we can,” Corea said Thursday night. “We’re a tight-knit family as it is, so with something like this happening, it will bring us closer.”
Corea posted about the incident on Facebook and said many people have offered sympathy and prayers.
“So many people have shared the story, which has helped detectives,” she said.
The incident is being investigated by the Egg Harbor City Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Richard Brown at 609-965-2091, ext. 4.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Charli Corea.