NEWARK, NJ – An Essex County jury has convicted Isiah Green, 24, of Newark of carjacking, kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. On Dec. 20, 2011, the victim, who was then 20 years old, was carjacked in South Orange.
Green then forced her to drive her car while he felt her breast and put his hands down her pants. The resourceful victim had the presence of mind to drive to Vailsburg Park in Newark, where she rammed her car into a parked sheriff’s vehicle, jumped out of the car and escaped the attacker.
After a two-day trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., the jury took a day and a half to deliberate before reaching a verdict on Tuesday, finding the defendant guilty on all counts.
“The victim in this case was extraordinarily brave under the most horrendous circumstances,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Matthews. “The verdict provides some comfort to a young woman who has been through a horrific ordeal.’’
Green had three prior convictions, two for narcotics offenses and one for receiving stolen property. He could face up to 60 years in prison. Sentencing by Judge Ravin is scheduled for June 3.