• 4 arrested on murder charges in NJ mall carjacking
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    NEWARK, N.J. Four men have been arrested on charges of murder, conspiracy and other counts in the carjacking death of a man shot in front of his wife outside a mall in northern New Jersey last weekend, authorities said Saturday.

    The suspects were identified as Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington; and Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33, all of Newark.

    They are accused in the Dec. 15 carjacking and killing of Dustin Friedland outside The Mall at Short Hills. The 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken was shot in the head in the mall parking garage after being confronted by two carjackers, authorities said. The assailants drove off in his silver Range Rover, which was found the next morning in Newark, about 10 miles from Short Hills.

    The four face charges of murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. They were arrested between late Friday and early Saturday. Three of them were taken into custody at their residences in New Jersey, and Henry was arrested by an FBI task force in Easton, Pa.

    The suspects are being held on $2 million bail each but have not yet been formally arraigned.

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