The incident happened shortly after 7:00 a.m. According to authorities, the victim was driving a rental car on the Bergen Turnpike, near an industrial area in Little Ferry, New Jersey. At some point after the victim came to a stop, four men allegedly pulled up behind him.
Two of the suspects exited their vehicle and walked toward the victim’s Dodge Charger. The suspects who got out of the car were reportedly holding handguns.
The suspects allegedly ordered the victim to step out of his vehicle and lay down on the pavement.
The armed suspects then allegedly got into the victim’s car and drove away. Meanwhile, the unarmed suspects reportedly drove off in their own vehicle.
Thankfully, the driver was not harmed during the carjacking.
Police later found both the stolen car and the suspects’ vehicle abandoned in Newark, NJ.
The Little Ferry Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the armed robbery. At this time, authorities have yet to identify any suspects in the case.
If investigators can eventually identify and locate the suspects, it is likely that serious criminal charges would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, carjacking is a first degree felony. Although first degree crimes are usually punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in NJ State Prison, carjacking a special kind of felony; a conviction could result in a sentence of 10-30 years in state prison.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man Carjacked at Gunpoint, Police Say.”