Hanif Thompson of Irvington, and Newark residents Karif Ford, Basim Henry and Kevin Roberts are charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, authorities said. Bail has been set at $2 million for each defendant. All four are being held in the Essex County jail.
Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murrary announced the arrests at a Saturday morning press conference and said that tips from residents throughout the greater Newark area helped authorities identify and locate the suspects.
“Many of the leads that we received in this case came from our four most urban towns,” Murray said. “And I believe that’s because the sheer senselessness of this case outraged people from Millburn to Newark.”
Friedland, a Hoboken resident and an attorney for a Neptune company, was gunned down in the shopping center’s parking garage in full view of his wife last Sunday night. The couple had just completed a round of holiday gift-buying at the popular upscale mall.
The 30-year-old’s SUV was found the next day in nearby Newark. Murray said Saturday that the crime appeared to have been motivated specifically by the suspects’ interest in stealing the silver Range Rover.
She said the four suspects had apparently arrived at the mall in a Suburban and then, after the shooting, split up, two driving off in Friedland’s vehicle and the other two fleeing in the Suburban.
She declined to say “at this time” which of the four suspects fired the gunshot that killed Friedland but said the firearm “has not been recovered.” She also declined to discuss whether the suspects were connected to any larger car theft ring or gang.
Murray said the law enforcement agencies participating in the arrests included her office, the Millburn Police Department, Pennsylvania police, the FBI and U.S. Marshalls. [Read more in WOBM]