Friday, January 10, 2014

Atlantic City Teenager Charged with Murder in Fatal Shooting of Teenage Boy in Atlantic City

MAYS LANDING – A 14-year-old Atlantic City juvenile male has been charged with the murder of a 13-year-old Atlantic City boy, Acting First Assistant Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced today.
On Friday, January 10, 2014, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office charged the 14-year-old with murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses in connection with the fatal shooting of Angel Mercado-Santiago, 13, of Atlantic City. The juvenile complaint was issued by Judge James L. Jackson. The arrest has not yet been made.

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, shortly before 3 p.m., the defendant fired several shots at a group of teens. Mercado-Santiago was struck in the chest. A 15-year-old male was also struck and sustained a non-life-threatening wound to the leg.
Atlantic City Police responded to the scene.
The defendant’s name will not be released to the public due to his being a juvenile. Once detained, he will be lodged at Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center pending a juvenile waiver to adult criminal court.
This homicide is under investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department.
Anyone with information pertaining to this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes at (609)-909-7666.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at 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 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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