TAP Into Another Town's News:

Four Suspects in Short Hills Carjacking Murder Plead Not Guilty


NEWARK, NJ - The four suspects charged in connection with the carjacking and murder of Dustin Friedland at The Mall at Short Hills were arraigned on Wednesday and pled not guilty to the charges of murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy and weapons possession.

The attorneys for Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington and Karif Ford, 31; Basim Henry, 32; and Kevin Roberts, 33, of Newark; appeared before Judge Peter J. Vazquez and entered the not-guilty pleas.

The defendants could face life in prison for their alleged roles in the carjacking and murder on Dec. 15.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said that the four were targeting the Range Rover and not Friedland, a native of Toms River, who lived in Hoboken and worked in Westfield.

Authorities have still not specified which of the four suspects is thought to have shot Friedland, whose wife was with him, but not harmed in the incident.

 Murray said that the four men were all in the parking lot the night of the killing.  Two fled in the stolen Range Rover while the other two drove away in the vehicle in which they arrived.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Advertise On TAP »

Today's Events

Letters to the Editor

A Letter from Your New Superintendent of Schools

On Monday, March 16, the Board of Education announced my name as the selected candidate to become your next Superintendent of Schools.  I am deeply honored and look forward to becoming a pa...

Read the Full Story »

Police Blotter

Maplewood Police Blotter

March 16, 2015; Burglary; Between 6 AM and 4 PM, entry was made to a home on Overlook Ter and cash removed. March 16, 2015; MV Theft; At approximately 7 PM a vehicle left running at Dunkin ...

Read the Full Story »

Guest Column

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Dazzles and Brings Depth to Paper Mill Stage

MILLBURN, NJ – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the Victor Hugo novel, has received a spellbinding production at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. With lyrics by Steph...

Read the Full Story »

Featured Real Estate Listing

20 Hampton Rd, Chatham Twp, NJ: $1,795,000

  • South Orange/Maplewood
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5.1
  • Price: $1,795,000.00

Featured Business Listing

Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC