TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her.
The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree charge stems from the two additional individuals believed to be party to this crime, who have not been arrested or charged.
“Today’s indictment of Ahmed Anthony is a result of a great collaborative investigation by the Millburn Police Department, Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service,” said Chief Brian Gilfedder of the Millburn Police Department. “Our investigation continues for the other two suspects involved. However, this is an important step in the prosecution of a violent offender who terrorized a Short Hills family.”
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal echoed Chief Gilfedder's sentiment. “Anthony allegedly terrorized a young girl and her family while trying to steal two Range Rovers from the family’s driveway, holding the young girl in a chokehold in front of her father and threatening to kill her,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “This case exemplifies how law enforcement agencies are working together in New Jersey to apprehend carjackers and protect residents from this terrifying and dangerous form of street crime.”
The indictment was the result of an investigation by the Millburn Police Department, the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police. Anthony was arrested on January 11.
“No parent should have to endure the horror of having their child’s life threatened in front of them, and our hearts go out to the child who had to endure this traumatic experience,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I am thankful the State Police were able to provide investigative support to our partners in the Millburn Police Department.”
Anthony and two unidentified co-conspirators allegedly ambushed a family at about 1:48 a.m. on November 27, 2017, as the family returned from vacation to their home in Millburn. After the mother and an older child went into the house, the 13-year-old girl and her father were bringing luggage when Anthony allegedly grabbed the girl from behind in a choke hold and pulled her back toward the Range Rover. The father heard a man yell, “Give me your keys or I will kill your daughter.” He turned to see two men, one holding his daughter and a second man who approached him with what appeared to be a handgun. The suspects allegedly demanded his money and the keys to the Range Rover in which the family had arrived. The father handed the second man the keys and he drove away in the Range Rover.
At that point, Anthony, while still holding the daughter, allegedly demanded that the father get the keys to a second Range Rover parked in the driveway. The father went into the house and retrieved the second set of keys. Once outside, the father turned over the keys and the daughter was released. Anthony allegedly took the girl’s suitcase and her blanket. The father and daughter went into the house, where the father retrieved a handgun and went back outside. He allegedly confronted Anthony, who was in the second Range Rover and apparently having trouble starting the vehicle. The father allegedly pointed the gun at Anthony and ordered him to get onto the ground. Anthony allegedly exited the vehicle but fled into the street on foot and was picked up in a minivan driven by the third co-conspirator.
Deputy Attorney General Debra Conrad, Senior Counsel of the Specialized Crimes Bureau, and Deputy Attorney General Danielle Scarduzio presented the indictment to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Jacqueline Smith and Deputy Director Jill S. Mayer.
Detective Roberto Delgado, Detective John Mendelsohn, Detective Chris Derosa and Detective Joao Rebelo investigated the case for the Millburn Police Department under the supervision of Lt. Dave Bonney. Detective Sgt. Jarek Pyrzanowski assisted with the investigation for the Division of Criminal Justice as a member of the State Police Auto Theft Task Force. Detective Sgt. Michael Van Lenten of the State Police Crime Scene Investigations Bureau assisted in the investigation.
The first-degree carjacking charges carry a sentence of 10 to 30 years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000. The other first-degree charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $200,000. The charges of carjacking and robbery carry a mandatory minimum period of parole ineligibility equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed. Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. The second-degree kidnapping charge carries a period of parole ineligibility equal to 85 percent of the sentence imposed. Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Anthony's defense attorney is undetermined at this time.