2 teens charged with carjack attempt at Garden State Plaza
PARAMUS - Two 16-year-olds are charged with an attempted carjacking at the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus.
Police say the boys tried to pull a Ridgefield Park woman in her 30s out of her vehicle after opening the unlocked doors Tuesday afternoon. Police say one of the teens grabbed the woman's keys, but fled after a struggle.
A Paramus police officer caught one of the teens and the other was taken into custody a short time later.
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The boys, both from Passaic, are charged with carjacking and resisting arrest. They're being held at the Bergen County Juvenile Detention Center. Their names have not been released because of their ages.
The crime happened in the same place where a gunman opened fire, eventually killing himself last November. Shoppers say they are looking over their shoulders.
"I'm really cautious about locking doors," says June Savianeso, of Park Ridge. "As soon as I get in the car, I lock it."
Louis Romero, of Hackensack, says he knows how he'd handle a potential threat. "I would just give them the keys," he says. "I don't care about material stuff. I just care about my life and my family."
The woman in Tuesday's incident declined medical treatment at the scene.
In a statement, Garden State Plaza management said the safety and security of shoppers is their top priority.