A Philadelphia woman has been indicted in the murder of a mother and daughter from Canada in Atlantic City last May, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain announced.
Antoinette Pelzer, 44, of West Huntington Park, Philadelphia, has been indicted for the stabbing deaths of Po Lin Wan, 80, and Alice Mei See Leung, 47, both from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, McClain said.
She was indicted on eight counts, including two counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree felony murder, two counts of first degree robbery and weapons offenses, McClain said.
She remains in custody on $1.5 million cash bail, according to McClain.
According to McClain, Pelzer approached the two as they were walking down the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue on May 21 of this year, and allegedly attempted to rob them. She then stabbed them multiple times each with a 12-inch butcher knife, McClain said.
An Atlantic City Police Officer who was on patrol at the time witnessed the stabbing, and immediately intervened, McClain said. The officer placed Pelzer under arrest, and the victims were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, McClain said.
Leung suffered from stab wounds to her upper body, and her death was caused by multiple sharp force injuries and cardiac puncture, according to autopsy reports, McClain said.
Wan was reportedly stabbed in the lower body, hand and shoulder, McClain said. According to McClain, she was stabbed while she was attempting to save her daughter. She died of multiple sharp force injuries with exsanguination, McClain said.
Once the victims were later pronounced dead, the charges against Pelzer were upgraded to include two counts of murder, McClain said.