Posted on December 18, 2013

Mall Carjack-Slaying Caught on Surveillance Video

Elizabeth Hagen et al., New York Post, December 18, 2013

A hidden security camera recorded the tragic murder of a young lawyer as he tried to fight off carjackers in the parking ­garage of a fancy New Jersey shopping mall, The Post has learned.

Cops were still searching for two suspects in the slaying of Dustin Friedland, 30, of Hoboken, Sunday night at The Mall at Short Hills.

Friedland and his lawyer wife, Jamie Schare Friedland, 27, were ambushed as they prepared to drive home from a day of Christmas shopping.

Dustin and Jamie Frieland

Dustin and Jamie Frieland

A law-enforcement source said the carjackers hadn’t yet been identified, but were believed to be black men in their 20s, based on surveillance video and statements from Jamie.

The killers fled separately in a Subaru SUV and the Friedlands’ silver Range Rover, which cops found abandoned behind a boarded-up house in crime-ridden Newark.


Dustin died of a single gunshot to the head.


In Hoboken, neighbors said the Friedlands were eagerly renovating the apartment they recently bought in a four-story, red-brick building on a tidy block of Park Avenue.


Editor’s Note: The New York Daily News adds:

Friedland, who lived in Hoboken, had just let his spouse into the luxury SUV and placed the presents they purchased inside when he was ambushed while walking around to the driver’s side, sources said.

Fearing for his wife, Friedland apparently resisted, and during the struggle he was hit in the head by one of the four shots fired, sources said.