Police arrest 4 in carjacking and death of Dustin Friedland outside Mall at Short Hills

The suspects were 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. (12/21/13)

SHORT HILLS - Four men have been arrested in connection with last weekend's deadly carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

The suspects have been 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, also of Newark.

Dustin Friedland, 30, was shot in the head Sunday night in front of his wife in a parking garage after shopping at the mall. Police say two suspects then took off with his Range Rover. Friedland, who lived in Hoboken, died several hours later.

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The investigation involved authorities from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, DEA, FBI, New Jersey State Police and the Milburn and Newark police departments.

Police found the abandoned Range Rover in Newark the following day. Investigators say "old-fashioned police work" and tips from the public allowed them to track down the suspects.

Prosecutors say it appears that Friedland was targeted specifically because the suspects were interested in his vehicle.

The four suspects are being charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. They were arrested overnight.

Three of the suspects were taken into custody in New Jersey, and the fourth was arrested in Pennsylvania, according to prosecutors.

The suspects are each being held on $2 million bail. The suspects face life in prison if convicted.

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