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2 Canadian tourists fatally stabbed in NJ robbery

Prosecutor: Pa. woman fatally stabbed 2 Canadian tourists during Atlantic City, NJ, robbery By The Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ' A Pennsylvania woman fatally stabbed two Canadian tourists during a botched robbery Monday in what apparently was a chance meeting on an Atlantic City street, authorities said Monday.

Sgt. Monica McMenamin, a city police spokeswoman, said Antoinette Pelzer, 44, was arrested around 10 a.m., just moments after the robbery occurred in the southern New Jersey resort community. Pelzer's hometown was not immediately disclosed, but authorities said she may have recently moved to the Atlantic City area.

Pelzer initially was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses. But Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said she would likely face more serious charges following the victims' deaths.

Pelzer remained jailed without bail early Monday night, and it was not known if she had retained a lawyer.

Housel said a city police officer who happened to be patrolling in the area witnessed the robbery and stabbing and quickly subdued Pelzer at gunpoint in the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue, which is not far from the city's casino district. A motive for the robbery or why Pelzer stabbed the women was not immediately known, and both police and Housel declined further comment.

The victims, identified only as women ages 47 and 80, were both stabbed multiple times in the upper body. Both died a short time later at a hospital

Investigators were working Monday night to determine how long the victims had been in the Atlantic City area and where they had been staying.

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