According to authorities, the crimes went down just after 9:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Highland Avenue in Clifton, NJ. The driver parked the motor vehicle on the side of the roadway and was subsequently approached by the four male suspects.
Two of the suspects allegedly carried handguns and pointed the weapons at the victims as they ordered them to get out of the car. The victims in the vehicle included a NY man, two Passaic NJ men, and two women from Passaic. There was also an infant in the car at the time of the carjacking.
After the victims exited the vehicle, one of the suspects reportedly threatened a female victim and forced her to hand over jewelry.
The suspects, four Hispanic males in their 20s, reportedly got into the car and fled the scene.
Thankfully, nobody sustained any injuries during the carjacking.
Clifton Police Department detectives are currently investigating the theft crime. Investigators have not yet been able to determine the identities of the suspects.
If law enforcement can identify and apprehend the carjacking suspects, the culprits would probably be in store for severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, carjacking is a first degree criminal offense. Although most first degree felonies in NJ come with a maximum penalty of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, carjacking is punishable by as many as 30 years in state prison.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Group with Baby Carjacked at Gunpoint in Clifton.”