An Atlantic City man is wanted in a case involving a stolen vehicle, three teens and a gun used in two shootings.
Altarik Hopkins, 20, is charged with weapons offenses, receiving stolen property and employing a juvenile in the commission of the crime. He also is known by Cody Hood.
Three teenage boys were arrested in the case, which dates to an attempted motor vehicle stop in May that ended with a crash, and one of the teens arrested.
A vehicle reported stolen from Vineland was spotted in Chesapeake Court at 4:24 p.m. May 5, according to the report.
But when Officers Martina Martin and Isaiah Harding tried to stop the car, the driver sped off and then crashed at Delta and Adriatic avenues, Lt. Kevin Fair said.
The four occupants then fled on foot, with the officers capturing a 17-year-old boy, who was released on a summons.
Two loaded handguns were found in the crashed car, both with large-capacity magazines, according to the report.
One had hollow-point bullets.
An analysis at the New Jersey State Police lab then linked one of the guns to two shooting investigations, Fair said. He did not give details on those cases.
But the information led to an additional criminal charge of unlawful possession of a community gun, which is a gun that is shared by several people.
The 17-year-old was given the additional charges at his arraignment, and again released on a summons.
A 16-year-old boy was also charged and released on a summons.
The third juvenile, a 14-year-old boy, was given his charges at Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center, where he has been since he was arrested May 31.
Police did not comment on why the teen was in custody, but a 14-year-old was apprehended that same day on an attempted murder charge in a shooting that wounded a Bridgeton man.
Anyone with information about Hopkins’ whereabouts is asked to call Atlantic City police at 609-347-5766. Information may also be texted anonymously to tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD.