Police: Man faces charges for carjacking, kidnapping in Hillside

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IRVINGTON -

A suspect has been charged with robbery and kidnapping after a man was found locked in the trunk of his car following a carjacking in Hillside.

JaVohn Berrouet, 24, was arrested at his Irvington home Thursday night. The Union County Prosecutor's Office says investigators recovered a ski mask and .45-caliber handgun from the residence.

Police say two armed men kidnapped the victim around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hillside. They took the victim to ATMs and forced him to withdraw cash.

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The victim was found in Irvington Thursday morning, locked inside the trunk of his car. A young girl walking her dog heard the victim yelling. She told her parents, who called the police to free the victim.

Berrouet is charged with carjacking, kidnapping, robbery and weapons offenses. He was being held at Union County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

A second suspect remains on the loose. Union County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Anyone who may have information about the crime is asked to contact Hillside police at 973-926-5800 or call the anonymous tip line at 908-654-TIPS.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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