SHORT HILLS, N.J. - The victim of a fatal Sunday night carjacking at an upscale New Jersey mall parking garage was identified Monday as a 30-year-old lawyer who was shopping with his wife.
The silver Range Rover that belonged to Dustin Friedland was found Monday in a residential neighborhood in Newark, about 10 miles away from the Mall at Short Hills. The two carjackers were at large, and a local anti-crime group was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
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Killed in the attack was Friedland, a Hoboken lawyer who had worked recently at his family's HVAC company analyzing construction-related legal claims, according to his LinkedIn profile. Friedland's wife, Jamie Schare Friedland, who witnessed the shooting, is listed as an attorney specializing in landlord-tenant law at a firm in New York City.
Locally, Nassau police spokesman Kenny Lack said the department had already began stepping up patrols around shopping malls on Thanksgiving and the added security measures will continue until Jan. 1.
"We will have increased patrols in all major shopping centers in the county," Lack said in a statement. He said uniformed and plainclothes officers will be deployed at the malls and police will use portable observation posts that tower over parking lots to view suspicious activity.
Also, the Nassau County Police Explorers, a volunteer youth group led by the department's community affairs unit, has distributed thousands of cards asking people to not leave valuables in their cars.
"These cards are left on the windshield after an explorer has observed a valuable in plain sight in the automobile," Lack said.
Suffolk police did not respond to inquiries about shopping safety.
A spokesman for the Suffolk County sheriff's department said deputies pay close attention to parking areas around major shopping malls this time of year.
The Tanger Outlets in Riverhead are closest to the sheriff's department's duty office, said spokesman Michael Sharkey, but any Suffolk mall may fall in the department's jurisdiction.
A spokesman for Simon Property Group, the company that owns Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove and the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, issued a statement saying, "We take ongoing and special precautions during this busy time of year to protect everyone in the mall community," including working closely with federal, state and local authorities.
Calls to owners of other major Long Island malls were not returned.
With Tania Lopez