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Family of AC Carjacking Victim Devastated

Video shows alleged carjackers



    Investigators hope surveillance video from the Trump Taj Mahal garage leads them to the men responsible for Sunil Rattu's death. (Published Monday, Sept. 19, 2011)

    Police released surveillance video Monday of three persons of interest who were caught on camera in the garage of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal Casino just before a Middlesex County couple was carjacked at gunpoint Sunday.

    In the video, three men are seen in the casino's self-parking garage around 8 a.m. before they approached 28-year-old Sunil Rattu of Old Bridge, N.J., and 24-year-old Radha Ghetia of Parlin, N.J., and forced them at gunpoint into a vehicle.

    The three men forced Ghetia to drive several blocks before they shot killed Rattu and wounded her, police said.

    A woman passing by saw Ghetia covered in blood and called 911.

    “The lady was coming down the alleyway and she had blood on her. And she said, '911, can you please call 911,'” Aurelia Lyons told NBC New York's sister station NBC Philadelphia.

    Authorities said the attackers fled on foot with the victims’ belongings after shooting them.

    Police are searching for the three persons of interest in the surveillance video, as well as a 2003 gray Saturn Ion with New Jersey plates UTN 66U.

    “We have reason to believe that persons who may be associated with that vehicle may be armed and certainly dangerous,” county prosecutor Ted Housel said.

    In what prosecutors called a "random coincidence," in May 2010, Martin Caballero was also killed after being carjacked from the Trump Taj Mahal parking garage. His alleged attackers are awaiting trial.

    Representatives of the Trump Taj Mahal expressed their condolences in a statement:

    "Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with the involved persons and families. We are working with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police to assist with their ongoing investigation. We have supplied surveillance photos to the police and are confident that the persons who committed these crimes will be apprehended."

    The Taj Mahal said that it has spent an additional half-million dollars on security since May 2010, and has taken several steps to increase patrols in the self-park garage.