Atlantic City Man Charged with Murder of 68-Year-Old Neighbor

A 68 year-old man was stabbed to death on Sunday afternoon and his neighbor has been charged with the killing, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

According to authorities, on Sunday
the Atlantic City Police received a 911 call at 1:13 p.m. reporting an assault on the 12th floor in the hallway of the Atlantic City Housing Authority, Inlet Towers, located at 220 N. New Hampshire Avenue.

Officers arrived on scene and were directed by witnesses to a male who was attempting to leave the scene. The male who was identified as Robert Fountaine, 32, was detained by Atlantic City Police.

A further investigation, led police to the victim, Thomas A. Hill, who was found unconscious and bleeding in the stairwell on the 11th floor.  Hill was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-City Campus, where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. Autopsy is pending.

According to officials, Fountaine physically assaulted and stabbed Hill in the common area/hallway outside of their apartments.

Subsequently, police charged Fountaine with First degree Murder and Third degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose. Fountaine is lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending further court proceedings.

These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.