Hillside carjacking, kidnapping, robbery under investigation

An incident at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6th in which a Hillside man was reportedly carjacked, kidnapped, and robbed is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Hillside Police Department Capt. Lashonda Burgess jointly announced Thursday.

The initial carjacking took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Avy Street in Hillside, according to the preliminary investigation. Brandishing handguns, the two suspects then allegedly transported the victim to local banks in the area, where they ordered him to withdraw sums of cash.

The victim was located in Irvington Thursday morning having sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

This case remains under active investigation by the Hillside Police Department, and anyone with information is being urged to contact Detectives Natalie Ogonowski, Sean Young, or Cosimo Tripoli at 973-926-5800, Extensions 204, 205, or 207, respectively.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at