UPDATE: Women Killed in Atlantic City Are From Toronto
An unprovoked robbery led to the death of two Canadian women in Atlantic city.
The 80- and 47-year-old women were stabbed multiple times while being robbed near the city's casino district.
Police say the pair were from Scarborough, and are not releasing the identity of the women as of yet. They are also not saying if the women were related.
The suspect in the robbery was subdued at gunpoint by an officer patrolling the area at the time, and witnessed the incident.
44-year-old Antoinette Pelzer was taken into custody. She faces aggravated assault, robbery and weapons charges. Police say they expect homicide charges to be added.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, a tourism agency in Atlantic City, released a statement Tuesday:
"A senseless and random attack like this is shocking and entirely unacceptable. It is unfortunate that in today’s world, tragedies like this can occur in any town, at any time. Our condolences go out to the families of the victims and our thoughts are with them. When visitors come to Atlantic City we take their well-being seriously and are continuously reviewing how best to coordinate with our visitor services unit and public safety counterparts to insure comfort and safety. Our responsibility, now, is to let County Prosecutor Housel Tourism District Commander Gilbert, and the ACPD continue their work to determine the cause of the attack and whether any new measures should be taken to prevent the likelihood of anything like this from ever happening again."
(w/files from D.Woodard and J.Lewkowicz)