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Short Hills Resident Assaulted During Carjacking of Porsche

Man was punched and robbed of his new car in the 800 block of Morris Turnpike Tuesday night.

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A man was carjacked of his new Porsche outside of his townhouse on Morris Turnpike Tuesday night, according to report from NJ.com.

The report states a man was outside of his townhouse in the parking lot when he was approached and punched in the back of the head around 9 p.m.

The man was not seriously hurt, according to the report. 

The vehicle has been described as a black Porsche Cayenne by authorities and has the customary temporary tags given to new cars, according to the report.

The carjacking occurred almost a month to the day after the death of Dustin Friedland, a Hoboken attorney, who was shot in the head in a parking lot at The Mall at Short Hills during the carjacking of his Range Rover on Dec. 15.

Authorities arrested four Essex County men between Dec. 20 and 21 and were charged in connection with the death of Friedland. The four men, Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 35 of Newark; and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, were charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

All four men pled not guilty on Jan. 8 in Superior Court.

Roger January 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM
OMG! This is sooooo uncommon.
Roger January 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM
You know what would make a great shop in Short Hills? A shop that sold Tactical Gear, like helmets and bullet proof jackets. Maybe we should all ride around in bikes, like hipsters. I bet High Gear would make a 'killing'.
Chetanium January 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Not good, I've heard of car thefts in SH/MB but not carjackings in the recent past. I hope there was a LoJack tracking device in that car. Thankfully, the owner was not shot, my God, what terrible times !
SHResident January 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM
According to the resident carjacked, this was a return trip from shop rite. It is immensely worrisome that now thieves are following residents right to their doorstep!!! And let us keep in mind that opening a Super Stop and Shop on Millburn Avenue will only provide yet another avenue for these criminals to stake out their victims and follow them home. We must demand greater safety from our town and higher level of protection along with better risk management and training when tragedies occur (e.g. how to better respond in these situations - like fitting an ambulance in the mall parking lot!). We also need stricter laws and better ways to find these criminals. If this situation keeps going - many will consider leaving what was supposed to be a safe town!! No matter how good the school systems might be - it's not worth being so worried about your personal safety all the time. Our homes are already mini-forts with cameras and security systems but if they follow you home -- what happens then?
J January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM
There MUST be a more organized and concerted effort by all stakeholders in the town, including (and beginning with) residents as well as business owners, general town employees, and town employees in leadership and security roles. Key Initiatives (some very basic) > Residents stop leaving doors open to cars in their driveways (or face higher penalties from insurance companies) > Residents start keeping front porch and lawn lights on at night > Neighborhoods forming Neighborhood Watch Programs > Town should install monitored security cameras at all entrance/exit points to the town as well as at key crossroads in town > Town law enforcement personnel MUST become more familiar with hired security personnel as well as residence. With the turnover in the Millburn Police Force there has been a noticeable change in the relationship btwn them and town residence. Do NOT dismiss this. A closer relationship btwn town law enforcement, hired security and residence WILL result in a better working and more secure environment for town. > Hired security personnel should be stationed at all entrances/exits to the S.H. Mall. The 'mice' are going to come to the 'cheese' so you have to have a 'trap' to help protect the innocent.
Tom Paine January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Wondering why the report conspicuously avoided providing the description of the alleged carjacker. Wouldn't it be of interest to the community to know what this person looked like?
Roger January 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Tom, we all know what the perp looks like. Like all the other perps.
Roger January 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I never pull into my driveway if there is a car driving behind me. I drive around the block one more time just in case. You can never be too careful. Nothing beats being alert.
SuperMom January 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Why is the stories mixed together. The reporter needs to give more details to porche car jacking. We need to be aware of our surrounding and cops need to talk to persons acting suspicious no matter what they look like/ color of skin. Tired of this crap..
janyne di biase January 15, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Has anyone spoken to the local law enforcement about what is being done? Or to the Mayor?
Andrea January 15, 2014 at 02:29 PM
This is very, very scary and disturbing on the heel of the car jacking/murder last month at the mall. What is being done to protect those of us who live in Millburn/Short Hills. I have a late model car and am a short woman. Making me think more than twice about not going out at night after dark even with my husband.
GmcyNJ January 15, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Residents deserve to hear from local LEO and the new mayor about this. Could not agree more with J above. Town should install monitored security cameras at all entry/exit points and key crossroads (and Mall should install or augment monitored security cameras in all parking areas to protect shoppers -- there is so much focus on interior security cameras to address shoplifting, and yet no regard is shown for the safety of shoppers). Residents form or reconvene Neighborhood Watch programs. Keep your outdoor lighting on at night. Stop leaving your cars/doors unlocked and garage doors open/unlocked. More interaction between local LEO and residents.
GmcyNJ January 15, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Also noticed that the Kings directly across from this Shop Rite had hired extra, visible security in the wake of the SHMall tragedy (security drove around parking lot and made sure shoppers got to their cars safely). Haven't seen it recently though, and not sure that it would have helped in this case, as the perps followed the victim home.
Lawyer1 January 15, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Residents of NJ welcome to the real world....so the 3 days after the gentleman was murdered at the short Hills Mall, saw a bank robbery a few blocks away and an armed robbery there also. The next week was a carjacking off Livingston Ave and on and on... Mayor Haimoff insists in here comments in the Patch that these thing do not happen in Short Hills.....WAKE Up....it's happening. Citizens of New Jersey are defenseless targets at home and on the streets....demand your 2A Rights and CCL here in NJ the police cannot protect you. It's up to each and every NJ citizen to act in the defense of themselves and their loved ones not be targets for these Hold-up men roaming our streets....
Car14 January 15, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Don't forget the car jacking at Newark Airport on a woman driving a range rover. More police. Take that 360 million Obama is giving to Syria and spend it in the US
GmcyNJ January 15, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Any word from the new mayor? Will they be adding security cameras to the new parking lot he built? Lawyer1, heard about bank robbery in Springfield. What about this other carjacking -- in Livingston?
Lawyer1 January 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Security cameras don't stop crime, neither do police, they investigate it. Be proactive and help yourself and family members because no one else will......fact.
J January 16, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Cameras, police, outside lights, locking car and home doors, and a close knit community are crime deterrents, and the cameras and the police help solve crimes. And all of those things together help minimize crime. And since few of those things are being done...implementing them will reduce the number of crimes committed. I'd add that possessing a licensed firearm is a deterrent, but that's a whole other conversation (and argument).
Lawyer1 January 16, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Well, that's the one that should be addressed as all the others you mention are panaceas and not the cure. What camera would have stopped the guy from assaulting the Porche owner or Mr. Frieland and his wife. Your missing the point here....police show up after the crime has been committed, when your the victim. Do yourself a favor and think about protecting yourself and your loved ones....no one else is going to do it.
janyne di biase January 16, 2014 at 09:47 AM
While self protection is a GOOD idea, I think that this problem is not going to go away. In regards to this car jacking, I have heard on the grape vine that there was a certain house in South Orange where one recently released prisoner had family. This house was known to have MANY cars parked in their yard. MANY. The day of the shooting POOF, all of the cars were all gone (so I was told). People need to report what they see. We need to protect each other too. Wasn't the home invasion perp a recently released prisoner as well?
Lawyer1 January 17, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Self protection is a good idea......it's the only idea and people need to get a grasp of it.....no one else is going to protect you or your loved ones...they can't even muster a rescue squad together in a dire life ending emergency. We're targets here in NJ....why is it 48 other states see it differently ? What are we waiting for more loss of innocent life ?
Lawyer1 January 21, 2014 at 09:11 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1AQ1WBb81BE
leo davenport February 04, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Wow, so what did the thief look like?
leo davenport February 04, 2014 at 12:18 AM
The social experiment has failed, these animals should not be allowed to roam free in our communities! Screw civil rights where are our rights!

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