ATLANTIC CITY — Police arrested a man and are looking for two more after a harrowing midnight home invasion by masked gunmen.

The 20-year-old man they arrested has been involved in violent crimes in the city since he was in high school.

Police responded to a report 12:30 a.m. Thursday of armed men bursting into a Drexel Avenue home wearing all black clothing and ski masks.

When officers arrived, they saw a minivan speed toward their vehicle and blow past them.

Officers turned on their emergency lights and chased them. About a half-mile later, the suspects bailed from their still-moving minivan, which crashed into the fence of a home on Mediterranean Avenue.

The suspects ran away on foot. Police said they grabbed one of them — city resident Akram Daughtery, 20, who they say was still wearing his mask.

He was charged with robbery, burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition, obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest by flight.

Daughtery was charged last year in an Easter Day home invasion in which a resident was stabbed and a family dog was shot dead. A year earlier, when he was in high school, he was charged in a non-fatal shooting of a man and in another shooting.

He was being held Friday in Atlantic County jail with bail set at $250,000.

Not long after the police chase Thursday, a resident called 911 to report finding a handgun in the road at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Sewell Avenues.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766. Information can be anonymously texted to 847411. Begin the text with ACPD.

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