CHATHAM, NJ - "Give me your car," were the words spoken when a 2009 Maserati was carjacked at gunpoint on Thursday night, July 18, at the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and Watchung Avenue in Chatham Borough, according to police.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., Chatham Borough Police responded to a report of a carjacking at gunpoint at the intersection of Fairmount and Watchung. The victim’s car was stopped at the traffic light on Fairmount when he was bumped from behind by another car.
The victim exited his car to see if there was any damage. At that time, the driver of the second vehicle exited and approached the victim. As the drivers were inspecting the vehicles, a passenger in the second vehicle exited the vehicle and pointed a silver handgun at the victim and said, “Give me your car.”
The 20-year-old male victim assisted his 24-year-old female passenger out of the vehicle while the handgun was pointed at them. The vehicle was then stolen and both vehicles headed toward Main Street. The stolen vehicle was a 2009 Maserati, black in color bearing NJ registration W76-CJX. The victim and his passenger were not injured during the incident.
The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect No. 1 – Black male, mid 20s, 5’11”, 160 lbs., thin build, wearing a white ball cap, white polo shirt and shorts.
Suspect No. 2 – Black male, mid 20s, 180 lbs., muscular, wearing a black shirt and shorts.
The suspects were operating a black Jeep Cherokee.
In the initial investigation, it is believed that the suspects followed the victims into town as they were returning home from the Jersey City/Hoboken area. Accordingly, the Police Department wants to remind residents to be aware of your surroundings if you believe you are being followed or targeted for a crime please call 9-1-1 or drive directly to the nearest police station.
In addition, if you are involved in an accident no matter how minor, remain in your car if it is safe to do so and call the police. If you feel that it is not safe to remain stopped keep moving to a well-lit and populated area and call the police to advise them of the accident.
If you are the victim of a robbery or carjacking cooperate with the suspect’s demands and call 9-1-1 as quickly as possible. It is important to remember that a good description of the actors and vehicles involved will help the police in their investigation. Do not risk your personal safety in an effort to try to save a piece of property that can be replaced.
Report prepared by Det. Lt. Kevin O'Shea (Retired) of the Chatham Borough Police Department