Update: State Police Arrest Suspect Wanted for Shooting Man at American Dream Mall

April 26, 2022

ast Rutherford, N.J.- New Jersey State Police have arrested Anwar Stuart, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for allegedly shooting a man during an attempted robbery at American Dream in East Rutherford, Bergen County.

On April 7, troopers from the New Jersey State Police Meadowlands Station responded to the report of a shooting inside American Dream. When troopers arrived, they discovered one male victim was shot. The victim, who sustained serious injuries, was taken to an area hospital.

During the investigation, detectives determined that the victim was shot during an attempted robbery and identified Stuart as the suspect. Through various investigative means, detectives discovered that Stuart was staying at his residence in Brooklyn, N.Y.

On April 25, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Troop “B” Criminal Investigation Office, along with members of State Police Fugitive Unit, United States Marshall Service New York/ New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, and New York Police Department arrested Stuart at his residence in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Anwar Stuart was charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was lodged at Rikers Island Jail pending extradition to New Jersey.

This case is being prosecuted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.




Earlier MidJersey.News story here:

April 7, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ– There are reports of a shooting at the American Dream Mall and the mall is currently on lock down. There are reports of a male being shot in the chest and numerous NJ State Troopers and other police are on location. Governor Phil Murphy stated that the public is advised to stay away from the area at this time.

Unconfirmed sources say that there were two gang related incidents, one inside the mall by Footlocker and the other near the parking garage.

Descriptions of the shooting suspects also from unconfirmed source state that one is a Hispanic male, dreadlocks, blue and black sweats, black puffy jacket. The other suspect is a black male, in a black puffy jacket.

Governor Phil Murphy:

“I have been briefed on the shooting at the American Dream Mall and @NJSP has set up a command post. We are closely monitoring the situation, and are praying for those impacted. The public is advised to stay away from the area at this time.”