Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says two men from New York City have been indicted by a state grand jury for allegedly stabbing two other men during a fight inside Tropicana in Atlantic City last summer.

31-year-old Jabari O. Cummings of Brooklyn and 33-year-old Delroy H. McNeil of Queens were each indicted on Friday on the following charges:

  • Aggravated Assault (2nd Degree)
  • Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (3rd Degree)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (4th Degree)

In addition, Cummings was charged with Possession of Cocaine (3rd Degree) and Tampering with Physical Evidence (4th Degree).

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Authorities say in the early morning hours of July 20th, 2020, a large fight broke out inside Tropicana that involved men from two groups, one from New York City, including Cummings and McNeil, and one from New Jersey. During a fight in a restroom, McNeil allegedly stabbed a man from the New Jersey group in the chest and abdomen.

At nearly the same time, a fight broke out on the casino floor during which Cummings allegedly stabbed a second man from the New Jersey group. That victim suffered a stab wound to his chest that lacerated his lung.

Grewal says, "Later that day, the New Jersey State Police were at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City investigating the stabbings when they learned that a vehicle connected to the investigation was at the hospital. As detectives approached the vehicle, which was occupied by several people including Cummings, Cummings allegedly tossed two knives and 14 vials of cocaine under the vehicle. This is the basis for the drug and tampering charges against Cummings."

"The New Jersey State Police do an excellent job preserving safety and security in the Atlantic City casinos," said Grewal in a press release. "When violence broke out on July 20, 2020, resulting in two serious stabbings, the State Police moved swiftly to identify and arrest the assailants who were responsible. This indictment is an important next step in the prosecution of these defendants."

Grewal says second-degree charges carry a prison sentence of five to 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000. A third-degree charge could land a person behind bars for three to five years; a fourth-degree crime carries a sentence of up to 18 months.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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