Woman Carjacked Monday Morning

Montclair police chased the stolen vehicle until it escaped into Glen Ridge.


A man carjacked a vehicle in broad daylight this week and led Montclair police on a chase before escaping into Glen Ridge. 

Around 10 a.m. on Monday, a woman had left her car running -- a 2009 maroon Infinity FX35 -- while she filled her tires with air at the the Exxon gas station, at 264 Bloomfield Ave, according to police reports. Suddenly, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and began to drive away, police said. 

The woman reportedly tried to stop the man, but was only able to pull his hair. She ran after the car screaming as it sped away, according to reports. 

A Montclair police officer in a patrol car was in the area, and saw the woman yelling and running after the Infinity. The officer attempted to block the Infinity from driving away with his patrol car, but the Infinity maneuvered around it.

The officer pursued the Infinity onto Lincoln Street until it escaped into Glen Ridge. 

The woman’s purse was also in the car at the time of the carjacking. She reported losing several credit cards and personal documents. 

The carjacker was described as a man with light brown skin in his late 20s or early 30s, with long dreadlocks, and a thin build.  

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Montclair Detective Department at (973) 509-4717.     

Relish Relish November 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM
has this level of crime always been the norm in Montclair?
mtc4life November 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
It's not a crime free community, you have to remember where it's located, because of sites like this you now have to opportunity to read about these things more frequently
Martin Golan November 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Good point, mtc4life. But this crime is particularly scary because of how brazen it was.
mtc4life November 28, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I do agree with you, things happen and these types of people are everywhere, its not a reflection on the town.
Relish Relish November 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
So is this the normal quantity and level of crime in Montclair?
emiliac November 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Some situations are really an accident waiting to happen. Is leaving the key in the ignition with the engine running not an attractive nuisance? Clearly, no one has a right to take another's property but where in America can one safely leave the key in the ignition with the engine running without incident? It might just attract an inquisitive youngster.
Relish Relish November 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
So far no answer to the question posed. But another answer of Apathy and blame the victim so far.
Martin Golan November 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Well, Relish, as a long-resident, carjacking are extremely rare, can't remember another one in these parts. Another aspect of this crime is that the woman could have been run over -- though the term "carjacking" usually means someone was forced out of their car, at gun- or knife-point. This is really car theft, I think, which is particular problem in Montclair.
mtc4life November 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
No one does not get car jacked while right next to their car everyday in Montclair, neither do they in most places, but as I stated Montclair is not a crime free community by all means.
mtc4life November 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Its also difficult to answer your question about the quantity of crime in Montclair when this particular story is only referencing one crime, if your question is to whether or not more than one crime occurs in Montclair within the span of a week then the answer would be yes.
Angela Hickson December 01, 2012 at 02:57 PM
The victim is my cousin. The key was not in the car. The car has a push button start. She was next to the tire putting air in the tire. This is insane. Clearly these thieves are extremely brazen and not afraid to commit these crimes. I am happy my cousin is not hurt. This is an example of know your surroundings lock your doors at all times turn the car completely off before exiting the vehicle.
maisha December 02, 2012 at 05:09 AM
To answer the question...no, this level of crime is not the norm in montclair. I am completely shocked...just thinking about how many times I have done this at that same gas station and others. Clearly, the suspect was not from Montclair.
Jackie BlackMamba Stefanski December 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I think after the major losses that so many people suffered after hurricane sandy, crimes have been more prevalent in nicer areas.
Tom December 11, 2012 at 05:01 AM
I moved out of Montclair in 1999 because of the crime. Sections of Montclair are very bad!
Tom December 11, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Btw Jackie you're statement is ridiculous


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