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Robbery Suspect Arrested, Two Weapons Recovered


Mar 20, 2023

For Immediate Release: October 17, 2023

The Atlantic City Police Department recovered a rifle and handgun made to look real following a robbery.

On October 16, 2023, patrol officers responded to the 800 block of Pacific Avenue in reference to a report of an armed man being involved in an altercation with a woman.  Officers arrived and learned that the man, Abdul Chappell, was involved in an argument with the victim when he intimated that he was in possession of a gun and stole her cellular telephone.  Chappell and the woman are familiar with each other.

Officers responded to Chappell’s address in the 100 block of north Pennsylvania Avenue and arrested him after he was leaving the residence.  Chappell provided false information to the officers and attempted to pull away while being arrested.  He was in possession of the stolen cell phone. 

Officer John Bell was granted a court authorized search warrant for the residence in an effort to locate a gun.  During the search, officers located an airsoft gun that was modified to be identical to a real handgun including the use of an extended magazine.  Additionally, a rifle was also located. 


ARRESTED:  Abdul Chappell, 18, of Atlantic City.

CHARGES:  Robbery, possession of an imitation firearm, possession of a large capacity magazine, hindering apprehension, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Chappell was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.  The public is reminded that charges are mere allegations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or submit a text anonymously to tip411 (847411).  Begin the text with ACPD. 

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