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Carjacking in Westfield Monday Ended with Crash in Mountainside (Updated)

The Alternative Press Staff

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 • 10:14am

WESTFIELD, NJ — Updated:

Two Newark men are in custody and facing multiple charges after a carjacking that took place in the victim’s driveway on Minisink Way in Westfield Monday afternoon. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was not seriously injured.

Caavon Hinson, 24, and Lamar Randleman, 25 are charged with first-degree carjacking, second-degree criminal conspiracy, and third-degree theft. Hinson additionally is charged with second-degree eluding police, second-degree aggravated assault, and third-degree aggravated assault, while Randleman is additionally charged with third-degree resisting arrest.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, the victim arrived at her home on Minisink Way in Westfield and was approached in her driveway by an unknown male wearing a mask, according to the investigation, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said. Following a brief struggle during which the woman was shoved to the ground, Randleman took the keys to the victim’s Lexus SUV and drove away.

Randleman then drove a short distance east and parked the Lexus in a lot off of an exit ramp for Route 22 in Mountainside, a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Westfield Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department revealed. Shortly thereafter, a Mountainside police officer spotted Randleman and started pursuing him on foot until Randleman arrived at a nearby gas station and quickly entered a second vehicle, driven by Hinson.

Hinson then allegedly drove in the direction of the Mountainside officer, who fired multiple rounds from his service weapon as the vehicle approached him. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire, and following a brief police pursuit Hinson crashed the getaway vehicle at the corner of Orchard and New Providence roads in Mountainside. The two defendants were then taken into custody without further incident.

The Mountainside officer who had pursued Randleman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury. The two defendants were not seriously injured.

Bail for Hinson and Randleman was set at $750,000 and $1 million, respectively, by state Superior Court Judge Frederic R. McDaniel. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearances in court later this week.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office noted that these criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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