BY BOB HOLT
The reward money being offered for the killers of 30-year old Dustin Friedland during a carjacking on Sunday has risen to $40,000.
Friedland and his wife Jamie had been Christmas shopping at The Mall at Short Hills when their silver 2012 Range Rover was taken in the mall parking lot.
The New York Daily News reported that Dustin Friedland had just let his wife into the car when he was stopped by two men who demanded his keys. Friedland refused, and four shots were fired during the struggle, one killing him.
Authorities found the Range Rover in Newark on Monday.
Friedland’s wife Jamie, 27, is a Manhattan lawyer. Her boss, Adam Leitman Bailey is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Dustin Friedland’s killers, according to the New York Post. Previously the Essex County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers program offered $10,000, and Short Hills Mall owner The Taubman Company agreed to give $20,000, bringing the reward total to $40,000.
According to NJ.com, police are waiting for forensic testing results from the Range Rover to help them identify the killers. Results of an autopsy found that Friedland was killed by a single shot to the head from close range.
NJ.com also reported that police are looking at mall parking lot surveillance video. Reports say the suspects were seen driving around the lot in another vehicle earlier, but the shooting may not have been caught on tape.
Mall at Short Hills general manager Michael McAvinue said, according to NorthJersey.com, "We're working closely with the investigation to comply with their requests for footage, access to areas."
People who have any information on the incident are being asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432.