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Westfield Mayor Speaks About Carjacking

Jackie Lieberman

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • 5:00am

WESTFIELD, NJ — At Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky spoke to the public about the carjacking that took place Monday afternoon in the driveway of a resident’s home in Westfield. (Click here to read our earlier story on the incident.)

At a council conference meeting earlier in the evening, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman had updated the council on the investigation, which is ongoing. Of the 62-year-old victim, who was shoved to the ground by the man who stole her car, he told them, “She is doing fine. She was shaken up. She did receive some bruises and contusions.”

“As you know, our very low crime rate demonstrates that Westfield is a very safe town,” Skibitsky told the public later. Nevertheless, he said, “I do want to remind residents to be aware of their surroundings.”

Skibitsky encouraged people to keep the doors to their homes and cars locked, and if they see something suspicious to call 911. He said that fortunately in this case the victim’s neighbor, who witnessed the carjacking, did what a good neighbor should do and immediately called 911.

In addition to praising that neighbor, Skibitsky said he was proud of the Westfield Police Department and thanked the Mountainside Police.

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