By: Yuritza Arroyo
Authorities in Atlantic County announced that on Thursday, June 29, Darren Petti, 39, from Bellmawr, pleaded guilty in Atlantic County Superior Court to an indictment charging him with second-degree Aggravated Assault in the stabbing of a 60-year-old Atlantic City man.
According to officials, the recommended sentence Petti is set to receive is three years in N.J.S.P. wherein he must serve 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act.
Atlantic City Police said on July 19, 2021, in Atlantic City, officers were dispatched to the area of Kentucky and Atlantic Avenues in reference to a man having been stabbed.
Police communications advised the caller described the suspect as a white male wearing a black and white flannel shirt and black pants, pushing a cart.
According to Police, the suspect had last been seen walking on Atlantic Avenue towards Indiana Avenue. Police subsequently arrived in the area to look for a suspect matching the description and quickly located a male fitting the description in the rear of the Bus Terminal.
Police said the male, identified as Darren Petti, noticed police and immediately walked into the bus station. Police approached Petti and placed him under arrest.
A search incident to arrest led police to recover a small black folding knife in the pocket of Petti’s shorts.
Petti was subsequently charged on a warrant in connection to the stabbing and has remained incarcerated. Petti is scheduled to be sentenced on August 10.