Montclair Crime: Attempted Carjacker Says ” I Don’t Want to Kill You. I Just Want Your Car”


Yesterday, a man brandishing a gun attempted to carjack a 2006 Toyota on Claremont Place in Montclair but the driver, an 87-year-old male, refused his request.

The owner of the vehicle had just parked at around 11:50 a.m., but before he could get out of his vehicle, he was approached by an unidentified male party whom he described as a black male, early 20s, no facial hair, approx 5’8”-5’10” tall, thin build, approx 150 lbs., wearing gray pants, black jacket and a ball cap.

The man asked asked the victim if he was waiting for a friend and then asked for a dollar. Then he asked the victim to open the car door so he could show him something. The would-be carjacker blocked the open door with his leg and opened his jacket to show what the victim described as a handgun with a black handle. He then stated “I don’t want to kill you; I just want your car.”

The victim took the keys out of the ignition and denied the vehicle to the actor. The actor then walked away from the scene, reportedly towardClaremont Avenue and then west on Claremont Avenue toward Grove Street with no further incident.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact Det. Cunningham of the MPD Detective Bureau at 973-509-4716. Your information will remain confidential.

And more police blotter from DLt. Angel Roman, Montclair Police Department


On 04/26/2013 at 1758 hrs, Officers were dispatched to 1 Greenwood Avenue, NJ Intensive Supervision Program on report of a party enrolled in the program being present who has a no bail, State warrant for his arrest. Upon arrival of the officer, they were met by the on duty ISP Officer who turned over the NJ Administrative Court Bench Warrant which ordered the arrest of ISP enrollee, Laquan L. Lewis. Mr. Lewis, a 27 year old Newark man was taken into custody and later turned over to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Information regarding the original offense for which he was violated was not made available to this agency.

On 04/28/2013, Officers patrolling the area of Valley Rd and Bellevue Avenue observed a gray Toyota traveling East on Bellevue Ave at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was observed being operated in an unsafe manner. A motor vehicle stop was conducted in the area of Bellevue Avenue and Valley Road. As a result of the officer’s investigation, the operator of the vehicle, Jimmy Pardo, a 33 year old Montclair man was arrested for DWI and received summonses for Careless Driving, Failure to Exhibit a Valid Ins. Card, Failure To Exhibit a Valid Registration, and Driving While Suspended.


04/26/2013 at 1742 hrs., Officers were dispatched to the parking lot on Church Street on a report of a car fire. Upon the arrival of Officers, the fire was already extinguished. The operator of the 1999 Dodge stated that it was shortly after he parked the vehicle that he noticed flames coming from under the hood of the vehicle, in the engine compartment. An employee from Leone’s restaurant noticed the flames and applied the use of a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. MFD did respond to ensure it was properly extinguished and to cool the engine down.

04/27/2013, at 1511 hrs., officers along with MFD responded to a Montague Place residence on a report of a kitchen fire. Upon the arrival of officers, the residents were found outside the house. They were unsure if the fire was still active as they evacuated the home. Officers attempted entry but were turned back by the heavy smoke condition. MFD arrived and entered the home. They determined that the heavy smoke condition resulted from a burning pot on the stove. Any fire was extinguished and the smoke was evacuated from the home. No injuries resulted.

DLt. Angel Roman
Montclair Police Department

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