|Dustin Friedland, left, and his wife. The 30-year-old was gunned down by two blacks just outside of Newark... in a carjacking gone wrong|
Dustin Friedland, a 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken, New Jersey, and his wife Jamie was returning to their Range Rover in the car park at The Mall At Short Hills when he was fatally shot in the head and his assailants made their getaway in the $90,000 vehicle.
Friedland's uncle, Mark Schare, told Mail Online on Monday that he is certain Dustin would have turned over the keys to his Range Rover to the carjackers to avoid a confrontation.
Instead, Friedland's uncle said the killer doesn't deserve to be spared.
'I hope they catch him and kill him.
'I'm not a violent person but this criminal doesn't deserve to breathe.'
Schare said he last saw Dustin Friedland at Thanksgiving when he and his wife seemed 'in good spirits.'
'They were starting a life together and they had a bright future.'
The 30-year-old Friedland and his wife, Jamie Schare Friedland, were carjacked on the third-level parking deck at about 9 p.m Sunday after shopping at the mall, authorities said.
According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, they were approached by two black men as Friedland was entering the driver’s side of their 2012 silver Range Rover. He was shot in the head and died at Morristown Medical Center shortly before midnight. His wife was not injured, authorities said.
The Prosecutor’s Office also confirmed the Range Rover was located in a Newark garage in the 200 block of Renner Avenue on Monday morning.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case. Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects should call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Tipline at 1 (877) 847-7432.
"It’s affecting all businesses in Newark. People are afraid," said Juan Arias, president of the Newark Merchants Association. "When it gets dark, people are afraid to go out even to buy milk, bread, food, butter."
Even off-duty police officers fell victim and a botched gunpoint carjacking last July resulted in the death of Essex County Corrections Officer Debora Ferreira.
Two state lawmakers are upset with the decision to include mugshots of two African-American convicts on anti-carjacking billboards that went up this week as part of a law enforcement effort in Essex County to stem the surging tide of gunpoint attacks on unsuspecting drivers.
Assemblywomen Grace Spencer (D-Essex) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) praised state and federal officials for highlighting a crime they say has reached "epidemic proportions" in Essex County.
But, they say, billboards that include a mugshot of an African-American convict against a backdrop of a spartan prison cell sends the wrong message to a community still smarting over the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the suggestion skin color alone should render young men suspect.
"The message should not be to watch out for African-American men with dreadlocks because they are carjackers," Spencer said. "It’s just not the right message."
She said other high-profile, anti-crime campaigns like those targeting insurance fraud did not include the mugshots of offenders.
"Certainly there is a better way to get this important message across without potentially vilifying an entire segment of the population," Spencer said.
Authorities say they knew the the mugshots might leave some with the wrong impression but said they went ahead with the campaign anyway because they wanted to accurately portray a crime in which nearly 90 percent of defendants are black and the majority of victims are minorities.
"We are sensitive to the issues raised by the assemblywomen and have reached out to them to discuss their concerns," U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said in a joint statement today. "Carjacking in Essex County has real consequences for real people. Hundreds of victims were carjacked in the county in the last year."
One of the the billboards features convicted carjacker Jahlil Thomas, who is serving nearly 22 years in prison, beside the words: "Seconds to carjack. Years of hard time."
Thomas, 23, is serving one of the lengthiest sentences for a New Jersey carjacking. He was convicted of stealing a Lincoln Continental at gunpoint in 2011 and then, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, stealing a Dodge Durango before leading police on a high-speed chase.
Essex County is on pace to surpass 400 carjackings for the third year in a row, cementing its place as the state’s carjacking capital. Nearly 80 percent of those take place in Newark.
Authorities say the surge is being fueled by brazen young offenders willing to use a gun with little concern for the consequences. They say some do it for the thrill of it while others are members of sophisticated criminal gangs with the ability to ship stolen cars overseas within hours.
"I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, especially when it comes to proactively fighting crime but I also think we have to be careful about how we go about it, so that we don’t inadvertently make targets of an entire group of people based on the mistakes of a few." Coleman said.
Spencer said many of these youthful car thieves are "foot soldiers" in large criminal gangs and that the photos of those higher up the chain of command should have been included to give the public a fuller picture of the problem."Where is the picture of that person?," she asked.
|Yep, the face of carjacking in Newark is still black...|
Parking a car on the streets of Newark has become such a gamble that Mayor Sharpe James conducted a drawing today to give away 1,750 anti-car-theft devices and increase residents' odds of keeping their cars.
''Newark has a title that we're not proud of,'' he said, ''that of having the highest rate of car thefts'' in the country.
In 1988, 14,585 cars were stolen in Newark, a city of 315,196. That gave the city the highest auto-theft rate per 100,000 residents, according to the National Auto Theft Bureau, an insurance industry organization.
'To Steal Again'
Mr. James said most of Newark's car thieves are youths between the ages of 10 and 14 who steal cars as a pastime or to impress friends and who then drive them at breakneck speeds that endanger their own lives as well as others.
The Mayor said the city has been frustrated in its attempts to have the thieves jailed. ''The courts say the jails are overcrowded, and because of the age of the offenders, they are returned to the community - to steal again,'' he said. ''It doesn't make sense.''
Hope for Legislation
The anti-theft devices are being bought with a $175,000 grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. About $62,000 has been spent on 5,000 devices, and another 5,000 have been ordered. They will be distributed through community groups, with elderly residents getting first call, and at future drawings.
Claude M. Coleman, the Newark Police Director, said the distribution of free anti-theft devices is an attempt to interest all car owners in protecting their property. A J-bar costs about $55 and a cutoff switch about $45, he said.