An Essex County jury on Wednesday convicted an Irvington man of a carjacking in the township earlier this year.
Judson Porter, 22, was found guilty of first degree carjacking, robbery, weapons offenses and other counts in the Jan. 27 incident, acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino said.
Porter ordered two people out of a parked Nissan Murano and stole their cellphones, money and car keys, according to prosecutors. The masked assailant fled to Newark with the Nissan.
The stolen car was found abandoned about 10 minutes later. Police arrested Porter when officers saw him walking toward the vehicle about two hours later, prosecutors said. Porter also resisted arrest when officers tried to take him into custody.
In a statement, Assistant Prosecutor Joseph A. Giordano, who tried the case, credited cooperation from the public in leading to the conviction.
Porter, who has prior convictions for theft and receiving stolen property, is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 26, the prosecutor’s office said. He faces a 25 year state prison term for the carjacking offense.
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