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Four Suspects Arrested In Deadly New Jersey Mall Carjacking

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Last weekend, Dustin Friedland was shot to death in front of his wife outside The Mall at Short Hills in northern New Jersey during a carjacking. They had finished Christmas shopping and were returning to their vehicle when the assault occurred. Authorities say Friedland was attempting to defend his wife who was sitting in the car.

The Huffington Post reports four suspects have been arrested: 29-year-old Hanif Thompson; 31-year-old Karif Ford; 32-year-old Basim Henry; and 33-year-old Kevin Roberts. They have been charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and are being held on $2 million bail each, reports Fox News.

Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said in a press conference Saturday it is believed the men were "motivated by a desire for the victim's silver Range Rover," according to Fox News. The Range Rover was found the next morning in Newark, about 10 miles from Short Hills.

The capturing of the four suspects has been attributed by Murray to "good old-fashioned police work," and leads from the public, states The Huffington Post. A local anti-crime organization, The Mall at Short Hills, and anonymous donors offered a $41,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects, reports Fox News.

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Authorities told Fox News they have not recovered the murder weapon.