Police arrested a wanted fugitive who they say broke into a Food Market in Atlantic City.
On Sunday, shortly before 1 a.m., Atlantic City Police responded to the Boom Food Market on 3601 Ventnor Avenue for a burglary in progress. When they arrived, they found the front glass door shattered and a broken cash register on the floor.
As officers surrounded the store, they spotted a man, identified as William Amaya, 32, of Atlantic City, inside the building. Officers told Amaya to leave the building but he ignored their orders, according to investigators. Four officers, including a K9, began to search for Amaya inside the market.
Police say they eventually found Amaya in the back of the building. Amaya allegedly fled through the back door toward St. David’s Place. The officers chased him on foot and were able to capture him near St. David’s Place and Winchester Avenue, according to investigators. Police say Amaya resisted as officers tried to handcuff him. They were finally able to place him into custody after the K9 became involved. Amaya was taken to the AtlantiCare for injuries he suffered while resisting arrest. He was released shortly after.
While investigating, police say they discovered Amaya was a fugitive from justice from Pennsylvania. He is charged with burglary, resisting arrest and other related offenses.