ELIZABETH, NJ — Lamar Randleman, 28, of Newark was sentenced to 25 years in state prison Thursday for his role in a 2014 carjacking in Westfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced Friday. Randleman was convicted on charges of first-degree carjacking and third-degree theft following a two-and-a-half-week trial in April.
Another man who was involved, 27-year-old Cavaan Hinson, also of Newark, pleaded guilty to charges including second-degree eluding police and third-degree conspiracy to commit theft. He was sentenced to nine years in state prison on Friday, the prosecutor's office said.
At about 1 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, a then-62-year-old woman, arrived at her home and was approached in her driveway by an unknown man, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Guarducci, who prosecuted the case. Following a brief struggle during which the woman was shoved to the ground, the man, later identified as Randleman, took the keys to the victim’s Lexus SUV and drove away, Guarducci said.
A neighbor who had heard the victim screaming looked outside, saw what was going on and got into his own vehicle to follow Randleman for a short distance, calling 911, according to a joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Westfield Police Department and the Mountainside Police Department.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Randleman drove a short distance east and parked the Lexus in a lot off of an exit ramp for Route 22 in Mountainside. Immediately thereafter, a Mountainside police officer responding to the area spotted the Randleman and started chasing him on foot until Randleman reached a nearby gas station and quickly entered a second vehicle that was being driven Hinson.
Following a brief police pursuit, that vehicle crashed at the corner of Orchard and New Providence roads in Mountainside and Randleman and Hinson were taken into custody without further incident, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The carjacking victim was not seriously injured, nor were either of the two defendants, the prosecutor’s office said, and the Mountainside officer who had been pursuing Randleman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a leg injury.