Personal Injury Lawyer NJ Mall at Short Hills Short on Security
A few years ago, the Short Hills Mall apparently stopped paying off-duty Essex County Sheriff’s officers to patrol its parking lots, presumably to cut its operating expenses and increase its profits. Meanwhile, State statistics were allegedly showing a significant spike in Essex County carjackings.
If so, this recipe for disaster dealt a devastating blow to a young Hoboken couple three months ago, when carjackers shot thirty year old Dustin Friedland in the head and left him for dead while his wife Jaime watched in horror.
The four carjackers have since been arrested to face felony murder charges, a small consolation for Mrs. Friedland. She’s forever lost her beloved husband, a successful patent attorney and project engineer for a family-owned enterprise called Epic Mechanical.
Mrs. Friedland recently filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey against the Short Hills Mall and their protection services company for allegedly failing to provide adequate security, as well as for allegedly failing to appreciate the fact that the large box-shaped vehicles typically used by first aid personnel would not be able to pass beneath the low-hanging parking deck in the parking garage and reach the area where Friedland and his wife had been accosted.
When interviewed about the case by the Newark Star-Ledger, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, whose officers had been dismissed from off-duty service at the mall, was caustic in his criticisms:
“I think that if there had been a highly visible, well-trained police officer there being vigilant, …it prevents a lot of stuff. It doesn’t allow for murderous thugs to sit and lie in wait and to case the place for days.”
Also included as a defendant in Friedland’s lawsuit is the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, which allegedly took an excessive period of time to respond to Mrs. Friedland’s 911 pleas for help.