Newark (PIX11) — Arrests have been made in the shooting death of a lawyer during a carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills.
Police picked up the four men last night and early this morning. Three were arrested in New Jersey and one was taken into custody at a motel in Pennsylvania.
The suspects are identified as 29-year-old Hanif Thompson, of Irvington; 31-year-old Karif Ford, of Newark; 32-year-old Basim Henry, of Newark; and 33-year-old Kevin Roberts, of Newark. The four have been charged with murder, carjacking, conspiracy and weapons possession.
Bail was set at $2 million for each suspect.
Dustin Friedland was shot once in the head and killed during a scuffle with two men on December 15. Friedland and his wife had just finished an evening of shopping and were getting into their 2012 Range Rover when they were attacked.
The SUV was found the next day about ten miles away from the mall at an abandoned house in Newark.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray attributed the swift arrests to leads from the public and “good old fashioned police work.”
“Whether you live in Essex County – or anywhere in New Jersey – work here, go to school here, or are just passing through, you deserve safety,” said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman at a news conference Saturday morning. “You shouldn’t have to worry when you get in your car that someone is going to put a gun to your head. That is why we are working so closely with all levels of law enforcement to take these violent offenders off the streets and to make it clear these crimes will not be tolerated.”
Attorney General John J. Hoffman said, “I am pleased that the efforts of the State Police, working in collaboration with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Carjacking Task Force, have contributed to the successful apprehension of these four individuals who now stand charged with these most serious offenses. It was an outstanding, aggressive and united effort.”