Report: Getaway SUV In Deadly Short Hills Mall Shooting Belonged To Suspect’s Mother
SHORT HILLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The sport-utility vehicle that the suspects used as a getaway vehicle in the deadly carjacking and shooting at the Short Hills Mall last weekend actually belonged to a suspect’s mother, according to a published report.
On Saturday, Essex County, N.J. officials announced that Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington; Karif Ford, 31, of Newark; Basim Henry, 32, of Newark; and Kevin Roberts, 33, of Newark, had all been charged in the attack a week ago Sunday.
Hoboken attorney Dustin Friedland, 30, was fatally shot in front of his wife during a carjacking at the upscale facility.
Friedland’s Range Rover was seen speeding away on surveillance cameras, along with the Chevrolet Suburban the suspects drove to the mall.
Citing law enforcement sources, the Star-Ledger reported Sunday that the Suburban belonged to the mother of one of the four suspects. The reported did not indicate which suspect.
Sources told CBS 2 police found the suspects by tracking the Suburban.
All four suspects were charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, possession of a weapon, and carjacking. Bail was set at $2 million for each man.
CBS 2 was the only station present as suspect Thompson was taken into custody in Irvington, following a SWAT team operation involving a battering ram around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Ford and Roberts were both arrested in Newark, while Henry was arrested by the FBI at a hotel in Easton, Pa., Murray said.
Friedland and his wife were leaving The Mall at Short Hills Sunday night when they were confronted by two armed men as they were getting into their Range Rover on the third-floor parking deck, prosecutors said.
Sources told CBS 2’s Sloan that Friedland struggled with the suspects. It appeared he was protecting his wife because she was already in their luxury Range Rover SUV when the gun was put to his head.
Friedland’s Range Rover was found Monday morning at an abandoned and boarded-up house on Renner Avenue in Newark, about 11 miles from where the fatal shooting took place, with its rear windshield was shattered.
If convicted, all four suspects face life in prison.
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