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Couple Carjacked at Gunpoint, Borough Police Say

Police believe the victim, who was driving through Chatham on his way home, was targeted by the carjackers.

Chatham Borough Police. Credit: Patch.com.
Chatham Borough Police. Credit: Patch.com.

A man and woman driving along Watchung Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday were carjacked at gunpoint, Chatham Borough police said.

The man and woman, who were driving a black 2009 Maserati with license plate W76-CJX, were stopped at the traffic light at Fairmount and Watchung avenues when they were hit from behind by another car, according to Kevin O'Shea of the Chatham Borough Police Department.

The driver of the Maserati, a 20-year-old man, and the driver of the second car, a black Jeep Cherokee, exited the car to see if there was any damage. While they were inspecting the vehicles a second man exited the Jeep and pointed a silver handgun at the first driver and said, "Give me your car," O'Shea said.

The driver helped his 24-year-old female passenger out of the Maserati with the gun still pointed at them, then the two entered the two cars and drove toward Main Street.

O'Shea said there were no injuries in the carjacking.

The driver of the Jeep was described as a black male in his mid-20s, about 5 ft. 11 in. tall, 160 lbs. with a thin build. According to the police report, he was wearing a white baseball cap, a white polo shirt and shorts.

The passenger was described as a black male in his mid-20s, about 180 lbs. and muscular, wearing a black shirt and shorts.

Police believe the suspects followed the victims into Chatham Borough as they drove home from the Jersey City/Hoboken area.

O'Shea reminded residents to be aware of their surroundings and advised residents to call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest police station if they believe they are being followed or targeted for a crime. Anyone involved in an accident should remain inside the car, if it is safe to do so, and call the police. If you cannot stop safely O'Shea advised driving to a well-lit and populated area and calling police to advise them of the accident. 

Police reminded residents that property can be replaced and robbery or carjacking victims should cooperate with the demands of the suspects, and to give a good description of the people and vehicles involved.

A_Chatham_Citizen July 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Whenever you are stopped at a light - especially at night - always leave enough room between your car and the car in front of you so that you can drive around the front car if you have to pull out quickly (or if someone bumps you from behind). This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. You will NOT get in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident if it is a legitimate accident AND you either go to the nearest police station, or to a well-lit busy area to call 911.
A Buck and a Duck! July 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM
This area used to be great up to 1986 we were number one back then and prior, the Boro and the Twp.,the Eskies and the Gladiators. It was better when no one knew we were number one.
Sir July 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Where is the outcry from al sharpton? All the more reason to be armed to stop these thugs.
John D July 19, 2013 at 01:11 PM
This young couple were very lucky they were not shot. First there is a home invasion in a nice area in Millburn and now an armed carjacking in the borough? Time for NJ to pass CCW and stop letting its citizens become welcome targets for criminals. I already carry on my property and in my home now due to the Millburn incident. I have a pregnant wife and 4 children to protect. Now we have to worry about driving thru the borough?
Rich Brugger July 19, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Certainly a very traumatic situation for the couple that was involved. Luckily they weren't injured! In light of the two recent carjackings in this area (Cranford in May and Chatham today) I have put together some safety tips on my Patch blog. Feel free to check it out over on the New Providence - Berkeley Heights Patch: http://newprovidence.patch.com/groups/rich-bruggers-blog/p/family-safety-carjacking--vehicle-safety
Frank July 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Sorry to hear this happened- very scary. But, some bad advice from the police, who say to " go to the nearest police station if they believe they are being followed or targeted for a crime." Newsflash: there are NO police officers in the borough or township police stations, unless I missed something. The police dispatchers are now in Parsippany. No one is at stationed the police station after a certain hour. I would try Dunkin Donuts instead or drive out to Parsippany.
justanobservation July 21, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Rich white man, you sound like an utter jackass. Your self-written title to this hypothetical story says volumes about you.
jingle jones July 22, 2013 at 08:26 AM
yea. we all feel so much better and safer with you out there with a gun. you are not welcome in my house with a firearm. or my neighborhood. nor in my town, in fact. no matter how "trained well to use it" you think you are.
Julia July 22, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Jingle- I'm sure the bad guys are happy to know that your home and family are easy pickins. You just sit back and let them rape and murder your children while you wait for someone with a gun to rush in and save you! Good luck with that! To "i plead" - you are welcome in my town/neighborhood any time...we can go to the range together! C.T. has become a well armed town lately...I knew we were smart!!
Julia July 22, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Why does the victims license plate number need to be published? Why not give their address, phone number, ssn too?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk July 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Jingle jones. no one knows I carry. you would never know. It is a family secret passed down by my grandmother. that is unless I get carjacked or assaulted. I plan on dieing of old age, not victimized by some ahole. I am an american and I have a right to protect myself, and I will use it. : )
John D July 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Hi Jingle? Maybe you should move to Chicago ;) They have the toughest gun control laws in the country. Only problem is the thugs don't abide by the laws, Silly Liberal. But that's ok, you can win them over with your milk and cookies. To Julia and I Plead, we should definitely hit the range sometime. If you happen to be driving down River Road and see me working in front of the house while strapped, stop by and say hello.
jingle jones July 23, 2013 at 06:10 PM
you are much more likely to shoot your children or pregnant wife than any rapist or murderer. brilliant. sadly, the innocent will suffer from your excess testosterone. the fact that your car is more important than a life, and are freaking proud of it - that's downright sad.
John D July 23, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Poor poor Jingle Jones. Did you drink too much coolaid today? My pregnant wife is actually trained in handgun operation and safety. She is also a sure shot at the range with tight groupings with a 9mm. We are both well trained jingle jingle. Actually and truthfully, you are more likely to shoot yourself or your children if you were ever to hold a gun in your hands, where as my wife can disarm and clear a loaded handgun and make it "SAFE" in less than 5 seconds. The fact that I am armed and carry in my home and on my property is so another career criminal like the thug in Millburn does not harm my wife or my children in broad daylight with neighbors home and unaware. As far as my car, which one? I own 5. None are more valuable than my family but if you are so inclined to give up your personal property so easily, maybe you should live in a tent in your yard and invite some homeless people and other under privileged souls to live in your home at your expense. Then you can honestly feel good about something. Otherwise, stop advocating for others to be defenseless victims of crime as that is absolutely insane. You are either a moron or severely mentally ill. Or in a much simpler sense, you are probably just a liberal.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk July 24, 2013 at 05:09 AM
It is time to call our legislators and pressure them into making it easier to carry pistols in our cars and on our persons. With MSNBC fanning the flames of racial hatred, we are victims waiting to happen. I break the law and do it anyway. I figure it is easier to defend your self, rather recover from a coma after some racially hating person beats the crap out of me. I will deal with the police if I have to. But it is unfortunate I am made a criminal while using my 2nd amendment rights granted to me by birth. NJ legislators, as narsisistic and all knowing, feel it is unnecessary for me to protect myself. I don't understand why sharpton is not arrested for inciting domestic terrorism
Julia July 24, 2013 at 09:13 AM
John D: your wife and i should hang out! We can compare our 9mm's - i love mine! Women are statistically better shots than men ;) and are being recruited as snipers more and more. I'll look for ya on River! My kind of people! As for jingle - if you live in chatham you will be very upset to learn that since obama was elected (a coincidence? Maybe), chatham residents have become well armed. I hope for your sake one of them will be willing to come to your rescue when the bad guys break into your house and beat you senseless or worse. I'm sure they will because gun owners do nice things like that. Wonder if you'd change your tune then. Probably not...you'd probably find a reason to sue them.
jingle jones July 24, 2013 at 01:20 PM
You guys are scary. And Julia, the question is are you John's wife, or are you John. But whatever. I'll stop the conversation because you all refuse to hear what I"m saying. You are not safe people to be around and I hope the best for your children - that they grow up happy and healthy - but mostly that they survive all those lovely guns in their homes. One more thing - as responsible (?) adults (?) please be sure to mention to parents of your children's friends that your home is loaded with weapons. I'm not alone in not wanting my children put at such an absurd risk.
John D July 24, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Poor Jingle Jingle, you are so lost. You should educate yourself and check out the statistics. Where there are more legal guns, there is less crime. Chicago and Washington DC had bans on handguns from regular citizens for decades, yet they had the highest crime and murder rates in the country as well. My children are educated about gun safety and also know that if they come across a gun anywhere, they will immediately notify an adult and never, ever touch the gun. Education is key. I believe in educating our children, not censoring them. My guns are also stored in biometric safes with which only my and my wife's fingerprints can open such units. We are not irresponsible parents. I feel for your children though. Do us all a favor please, put up a sign in front of your house declaring your opposition to guns. I have signs up on my house showing my support of guns. This way, when the criminals and thugs come looking for easy targets, they can come and knock on your door first. You can then give up your personal possessions and probably take a severe beating or more, but it will be worth it in your eyes because I and the other gun owners in Chatham will be spared from emptying our guns to protect our families from animals. BTW, my guns are setup with Lasers that are dialed in at the range. Just follow the red dot and pull the trigger and Mr. Home invader gets a free head piercing ;)
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk July 24, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Jingle, I am not scary. you would not know I was carring a gun on me if you knew me for 20 more years, I would go to my grave and you would not know I was armed. You would only find out I was armed if we were walking together and someone came at us with intent to do us harm or take our property. Then you would find out how lethal a peace loving man can be when he has to. I refuse to be anyones victim or watch helplessly as my loved ones are being victimized. It will never happen in my presence. This is my inalienable right more powerful than any progressive liberal garbage laws they try and impose on me.
jingle jones July 25, 2013 at 08:25 AM
So which is a more likely scenario. A bad guy comes slamming through the door and then waits for you to go get your secured gun, or a kid playing in the neighborhood gets mixed up and comes into the wrong house and you pull out your unsecured gun and shoot him. All done here. Don't bring your gun into my home.
A Buck and a Duck! July 25, 2013 at 09:48 AM
The 6th Boro, keep on ruining NJ.
John D July 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Dear Dingle Dones, or is it Ding Dong? Since when did a kid playing in the neighborhood get mixed up and kick down a dead bolted door??? Really now? Next you'll suggest that cows and pigs might get mixed up and walk thru our door? Or Bambi? Your hypothetical shows how unrealistic and out there your reasonable state of mind is. Did you smoke some crack this morning. Silly liberal, don't you know crack kills brain cells?
Duncan Munchkin July 25, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Wow Laura...you let racist, I mean "rich" white males spout off about killing black men and then when I call them out for what they are..you erase my post? You are a poor excuse for an editor or a journalist.

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