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Woman Carjacked at Gunpoint Outside Millburn Restaurant

The robbery victim was uninjured and police have not recovered the stolen vehicle.

A woman was carjacked at gunpoint outside a Millburn restaurant on Friday, according to a news report. 

An armed individual held up the unidentified woman in the parking lot outside Sakura Japanese Restaurant on Essex Street on Friday afternoon and made off with her  2008 Mercedes GL450, the Essex County Prosecutor told nj.com.

The woman was uninjured, the vehicle has not been recovered and no arrests have been made, according to the report.

NJ.com reported that the county's Major Crime Task Force and local police are investigating.

P February 03, 2014 at 01:57 PM
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P February 03, 2014 at 02:06 PM
I am disgusted and saddened , as a long time resident of Short Hills this news has me worried and concerned for my family and loved ones as well as the town itself..it begs the question ..what are our township elected leaders as well as law enforcement doing to keep us safe..where is our Mayor..what steps is she taking to see that we are safe?...the silence is deafening. At this time of my life to think about relocating due to crime issues in Short Hills is astounding .
Patch Up February 03, 2014 at 03:35 PM
These are hard times - there will always be a demand for expensive cars on the black market. Be smart, don't flaunt your stuff! Drive sensible cars and don't make yourself a target.
Jane Greenwald February 03, 2014 at 03:36 PM
We need more police patrolling. It seems the mall is a drain on our police manpower. We are going to be sitting ducks for these hijackers otherwise. It does not help the the politicians and media are creating class warfare and making it seem like being successful is a bad thing,. I plan to keep my large and mean looking dog with me if the weather allows.
SH Resident February 03, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Yes, Patch Up...great idea....let's live in fear like people do in Brazil and let the vandals and thugs dictate how we should live our lives!...I was not aware that buying a SUV to transport your family around was flaunting wealth. Talk about blaming the victim. How about we look to apply pressure on the feckless, politically correct town leadership that does nothing to protect the people who pay their salaries?
Lawyer1 February 03, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Well Bart Fraenkel, how's your firearm at home going to help you when your out with the family and some hold-up man assaults you or your wife ala Dustin.....Great idea for keeping safe. What will it take here in NJ for the people to realize the police cannot protect you....why don't you just call and ask them point blank and see the response you get. 48 States see it differently yet the good people of NJ would rather be defenseless targets for the murderers and thieves....a daily occurance in Short Hills / Millburn ....Murders, Bank Robberies, Hold-ups, Car-Jackings and no one knows what to do or is willing to help themselves.
Lawyer1 February 03, 2014 at 06:54 PM
And just to add...New York has CCL both in the city and upstate, Conn. has CCL, Pa. has CCL, DE. has CCL, Vermont no permit necessary, Maine has CCL,.....So Mr. Fraenkel, where are all the problems with properly licensed permit holders...do we think different here ? Only in NJ we are at the mercy of Hold-up men and left defenseless by our politicians and judges. Do something to help yourself and keep your family members safe.
BART FRAENKEL February 03, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Lawyer1, I have a hard time believing the comments of anyone who posts anonymously as anything more than someone trying to stir up things. Regardless, while the amount of car jacking's has been alarming in our area, I don't believe allowing carry permits is the solution. I can't imagine any of the people I know who frequent the SH Mall or other businesses confronting someone. I grew up in PA and was taught to use firearms properly and recognize the good and bad of gun ownership. When someone is confronted with violence and pulls a weapon in fear, more harm can come of it than good. And if you are actually a lawyer as your 'name' implies, then you should understand that if an armed person shoots another because they were afraid, but their life was not in jeopardy, they would then have major problems. The rule of gun usage is that a person should only brandish a weapon if they are prepared to fire it, and not simply as a scare tactic. Putting more guns in the hands of more people is not the answer, and more often than not would put the gun owner in more peril and possibly also innocent bystanders.
SH Resident February 03, 2014 at 11:58 PM
The answer is for the leadership in this town to take the problem seriously and stop pretending these are randomn incidents. We need stepped up police patrols, cameras installed at all entrances to town, and prosecutors who will send a message to these thugs in the form a lengthy sentences. Where is the mayor, the police chief? What are they doing to protect us???
leo davenport February 04, 2014 at 12:12 AM
What did the thief look like? Very poor reporting!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 04, 2014 at 07:05 AM
you njians are great! I moved out of florida, because mugging people was getting dangerous for me down there. when I come up here, everyone is an easy target. you people are not allowed to carry fire arms. this takes a load off my mind. I can just pick my target and not have to think about it. The chances are so good that my victim will be helpless against me. I am all for more gun control. The gift that keeps on giving me. Thank you lord.
Lawyer1 February 04, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Nicely put Bart....but totally wrong. That's what training is for and your scenario is proven false everyday by the permit holders in all the local states I've cited. You obviously would rather fall victim to a would-be street criminal than have the ability to protect yourself and your family members...glad you don't speak for me. Maybe, just maybe Mr. Friedland would have had some chance against those murderers at the Mall, you'd would have none as he did. It's time to do something to help ourselves here in NJ, it's obvious the police can not do it.....and honestly, they'll tell ya so.
CD February 04, 2014 at 08:29 AM
I was in the area at the time of the carjacking. There were 2 police cars one block away, "manning the traffic cones" for some construction work. They were mostly chatting with the workers, and occasionally telling drivers where to go (who presumably could have figured out what the traffic cones meant, or asked the construction workers). I guess the police were helping here because 4 of them were not on the Glen Ave bridge for a change. CCL won't help. If someone comes up to you with a drawn gun, by the time you get yours out, you will be dead. We need a police force that takes their jobs seriously. Right now, we have too many slackers, coffee drinkers, and traffic observers. Keep the good ones, replace the bad ones.
BART FRAENKEL February 04, 2014 at 10:11 AM
CD you're correct, if someone approaches a person with a gun drawn any attempt to defend yourself usually results in the person being killed. Like I said owning a gun and having the ability to use it when threatened are two completely different things. And no amount of gun training can ever prepare someone for being faced in a situation where a weapon is being pointed directly at them. Every single public safety organization, and even the NRA advises people to try and stay as calm as possible and not to give a would-be attacker any reason to use their weapon. Carjackers usually just want the vehicle and muggers want money and jewelry. Those things can be replaced but a human life cannot.
KatDog February 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Wow Leo! If this is your real name . . . shame on you!!! What year is this??
Jill February 04, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Hey, Leo! Guess what? Race is a social construct. We are all descended from Africans. The amount of melanin an individual has in his or her skin doesn't cause criminal behavior. Nice try, though. Zeig heil!
Lawyer1 February 04, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Well...Bart and Leo....your anti CCL mentality thank god doesn't curtail the other americans in the 48 states from protecting themselves and their loved ones. You need to educate yourselves or when it's your turn to face the reaper you might just wish you had that ability to save yourself.....and the largest hand cannon you could get. You opinion is one thing...your lack of knowledge is astounding.
KatDog February 04, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Leo, you are angry aren't you. I too have survived a gun in my mouth and another time to my head BUT guess what???? It wasn't an African American Leo. I do hope if you are ever in a situation where your life is in jeopardy, you are made of steel!!! God Bless!!
millburn resident February 04, 2014 at 04:24 PM
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millburn resident February 04, 2014 at 04:40 PM
1. Where is the Police Chief? 2. Where is the Mayor? What has not been reported is that when this carjacking happened, there were 2 uniformed millburn police officers a block away guarding the cones in the street blocking off traffic because of construction. The police station is also on the same street where this occurred, in broad daylight. With three armed carjackings in a month (one fatal), you would think the police and mayor would at least hold some press conferences and acknowledge the issue and let residents know what is being done. Hard to believe there have been reports of the color, make and model of the victim's car but no description of the suspects several days later.
leo davenport February 04, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Millburn Resident, what would you like the police department to do throw out civil rights? You Liberals created that crap in the first place! Now it has come around, to bit you in the face! All you fools need to ride with a police officer one day!
Oscar V February 04, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Asking the police to do a better job isn't the answer. They cannot be everywhere, all of the time. The only one truly responsible for your well being is yourself. Unfortunately this state makes it very hard to properly defend yourself against the criminal element that is awash in this state. Saying it's OK to have a firearm to defend yourself inside your home but not outside of it is illusory. Why is it OK in one place and not the other, especially when you are much more likely to be attacked outside of your home? A firearm places a woman on the same level as a man who's a foot taller, weighs 100 pounds more and wants to rape her. It does the same for an elderly man against 3 bat wielding thugs who are "just out having fun". The idea that it will be the Wild West if honest, law-abiding citizens carry sidearms hasn't been realized in every state that has made it actually legal to do so.
millburn resident February 04, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Civil rights? Really? How do you know I'm a liberal? And what does that have to do with anything I said? I didn't say the police need to do a better job. I'm just pointing out a fact which has not been reported for some reason. And it does have to do with how limited resources are used. Why exactly is it so necessary to have two officers at a construction site when there has been a murder and a rash of car jackings in our town in the last few weeks? Why is asking that question "civil rights" or "liberal"?
Lawyer1 February 04, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Right...Oscar V.....Leo, your nothin' but a racist in sheeps clothing, IMO. So when the good citizens of Short Hills and the rest of NJ want to finally do something about protecting themselves, it's out there for ya. Sign up for CCL classes, I believe there is one taught at a range / store in Bellville, NJ. Otherwise, get a white T-shirt and paint a bullseye on it because that's just what you are...it's not that difficult to understand. By the way, there's a great vid. on you tube where someone went to various police depts. in NJ and the 5 Boroughs of NY...everyone here needs to watch it and understand the police response....they can not protect you...end of story. What is it that the residents in the other 48 states in this great country get it and NJ people are scared of their own shadows....do something to help yourself and your family's security and peace of mind.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 04, 2014 at 08:04 PM
@Jane greewald. If you want to hire more police, then you write the check for it. my taxes are high enough. actually way too high. It is cheaper for everyone to take responsibility for their own safety and buy a concealed weapon and spend some money on some lessons. This would be a lot more cost effective than hiring another dougnut eater and paying their life time benefits. I refuse to pay for another pig.
Michael Kinzig February 08, 2014 at 09:02 PM
I'm with Millburn resident.... Drive jalopies. And live in tents Color does not commit crime ....coloreds do. So,.... this vermin. Is now just an ..... Individual????
Michael Kinzig February 08, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Yes let's have an armed pile of citizens too afraid to use them racially profile and round these batatd s uo
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 08, 2014 at 09:09 PM
I take my daughter and sister in law to pan-eras on Friday nights for a treat. for the last three times I was approached by different men in the dark parking lot asking me for train fare. I tell you what, my hand was on my gun and ready. these guys were a lot more athletic and much stronger than me. You see, I know the reason they approach me, is because of my small stature. They think they can intimidate me or guilt me out of money, but when the see that I am not intimidated they cuss and walk away. they also notice my hand on my waist under my jacket. Morristown is getting dangerous.
Lawyer1 February 09, 2014 at 09:38 AM
So your suggesting we alter our life style because of a bunch of thugs and murder's threats......? Please, do something about it other than caving in to a sub-culture. Protect yourself and your loved ones, that's all that matters otherwise you may as well give up to these preditiors....
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 09, 2014 at 07:46 PM
you can lead progressive liberals to the facts, but you can't make them think.

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