ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The New Year’s fireworks celebration continued on Tuesday when a man and two women were caught detonating fireworks on the hood of an Atlantic City police vehicle.
According to the Atlantic City Police Department, on January 5, 2021, two women and one man were arrested after setting off fireworks on the hood of a police car. At 1:35 pm, patrol officers responded to the front of the Public Safety Building after an officer observed an explosion and smoke coming from an Atlantic City police car. Upon further investigation and through assistance from the department’s surveillance center it was determined to be fireworks.
A Honda Accord pulled up to the parked, unoccupied police car and placed a can of fireworks on the hood. The police car sustained damage after the fireworks detonated. Surveillance Center personnel were able to quickly obtain a description of the suspect vehicle. As officers were searching, a report was received of a Honda Accord setting off fireworks at Michigan and Arctic Avenues.
Officers Sandra Lino and Nicholas Grasso located the vehicle.
The occupants Naderiyah Levi, Aisha Wimbish, and Elton Paynter were all arrested. Officers recovered numerous cans of fireworks in the vehicle.
ARRESTED: Aisha Wimbish, 20, of Mt. Laurel, NJ.
CHARGES: Criminal attempt, conspiracy, and disorderly conduct.
ARRESTED: Naderiyah Levi, 23, of Darby, PA.
CHARGES: Criminal attempt and disorderly conduct.
ARRESTED: Elton Paynter, 35, of Philadelphia, PA.
CHARGES: Contempt of court.
All three were released with a future court date.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766. Information can be text to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.