Primary Suspect Named After Federal Judge’s Son Was Shot & Killed At Her NJ Home

Federal authorities have identified Roy Den Hollander, now deceased, as the primary suspect in the shooting.

Esther Salas and Daniel Anderl — and Facebook / Saint Joseph High School - Metuchen, NJ
Esther Salas and Daniel Anderl — and Facebook / Saint Joseph High School - Metuchen, NJ

A primary suspect has been identified in the shooting death of federal judge Esther Salas’ son at her New Jersey home on Sunday.

The FBI in Newark identified now-deceased attorney Roy Den Hollander as the primary suspect, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced Tuesday.

Salas’ son Daniel, a popular student-athlete in high school, was a rising junior at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., My Central Jersey reported.

The shooting occurred in Salas’ North Brunswick home, leaving her 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl dead, and her husband, criminal defense lawyer Mark Anderl, injured. According to multiple reports, Salas was not injured in the shooting.

Unnamed law enforcement officials confirmed on Monday to outlets including the New York Times and CNN that Den Hollander was identified as a suspect. According to The Times, authorities found Hollander’s body near Liberty, New York and believe he died after shooting himself. Hollander, a Manhattan lawyer, is a “self-described anti-feminist” who appeared before Salas in 2015 challenging the men-only military draft. He has also sued nightclubs for offering ladies’ night discounts and Columbia University for offering courses on women’s studies, according to his website. The Atlantic also reported that Hollander “left a pro-Trump paper trail.”

“He was brilliant and probably one of the smartest kids I ever met," Tom Hennessy, Daniel’s high school pitching coach, told the publication. "I loved the kid. He was on his way."

Salas became the first Hispanic woman to serve as a federal judge in New Jersey in 2011. She previously served as a magistrate judge and an assistant federal public defender, and President Barack Obama nominated her to sit on the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in 2010.

Last week, Salas was assigned to a class-action lawsuit against Deutsche Bank, in which plaintiffs allege that the investment bank failed to flag questionable transactions from the account of the late, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein died in a prison cell last August after he was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy for allegedly sexually abusing minors in the 1990s.

One of her highest-profile cases involved reality TV stars Teresa and Joe Giudice, whom she sentenced to prison in 2014 after they pleaded guilty to fraud charges. The couple has appeared in the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” series.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted on Sunday that Salas and her family “are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act.”

North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack who is reportedly personal friends with Salas and her family, tweeted on Monday, “No words can express the sadness and loss we share tonight as a community after senseless shootings of the husband and son of USDC Judge Esther Salas.”

“We commit to do all we can to support the family in this time, as well as all law enforcement agencies involved,” he continued.

Catholic University’s president John Garvey said in a statement that it will hold a mass on Monday for Daniel and his family.

This story has been updated with information from developing reports on a suspect.