ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Business owners along the Atlantic City boardwalk are fearing for their safety.
Police say teenagers trashed a store last week and threatened the owner with a knife. He collapsed moments after officers arrived and later died at the hospital.READ MORE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Northern New Jersey And Parts Of New York
A 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl were arrested and charged with robbery, simple assault and other crimes.READ MORE: Police: Man Stabbed In Face During Argument On Subway In Queens
“It was just mass chaos. There was kids running all over, screaming, cursing, trying to run from police,” one witness said.
The Merchants Association said another boardwalk store was also ransacked. The damage to that store was discovered Monday.MORE NEWS: Stop & Shop Shooting: Police Say Suspect Gabriel Dewitt Wilson Has Mental Health Issues And Long List Of Crimes
Police are stepping up patrols in the area, and the Atlantic City Council will hold an emergency meeting this week.