ATLANTIC CITY — A city man was taken to jail Thursday morning after his second arrest within hours for damaging property and assaulting a security guard at the Atlantic City Convention Center, police said.
At 8:19 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the convention center for a report of a man who was trespassing and had damaged property, police said in a news release. A NJ Transit police officer arrested Jalil Ceaser, 34, and turned him over to city police.
Ceaser was charged and released on a summons from the Public Safety Building at 1:25 a.m. Thursday, police said. Less than 40 minutes later, he returned to the convention center and hit an on-duty security guard with an object before running away.
The guard, 57, was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, with a serious injury to his eye, police said. They did not identify the guard.
At 3:36 a.m., officers responded to the convention center after Ceaser returned again, damaging more property, police said. K-9 Officer Anthony Grajales-Prado and his partner, Chase, arrested Ceaser without incident after finding him holding a large piece of wood.
Ceaser, who was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and defiant trespass, was taken to the Atlantic County jail.