The alleged suspect in the murder of a federal judge’s 20-year-old son on Sunday evening has taken his own life, according to multiple media reports.
The man, Roy Den Hollander, is said to be a disgruntled attorney who had appeared before before U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. ABC News reported his body was discovered with a gun in Sullivan County, about two hours from the judge’s home.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey declined comment.
New York State police told NJ Advance Media they are investigating a death in the town of Rockland in Sullivan county, N.Y.
“It’s a death investigation. We’re not confirming if it’s a suicide or homicide at this time. We don’t know if it’s a direct link to a shooting in New Jersey,” said Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police. “The FBI is en route to our location.”
If the reports about the suspect are true, it would end speculation as to just who had been the target on Sunday, as well as talk it had something to do with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in connection with an ongoing lawsuit now before Salas brought by Deutsche Bank investors that is tied to the dead financier.
Daniel Anderl, a student at Catholic University, was killed and the judge’s husband, criminal defense lawyer Mark Anderl, 63, was wounded when someone came to the door of their home in North Brunswick and shot both of them.
Mark Anderl underwent surgery Sunday evening and is in stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Salas had been in the basement at the time of the shooting and was not injured, sources said.
Roy Den Hollander had a case, a challenge to the military’s male-only draft, pending before Salas, according to court documents.
Hollander described himself on his website as an anti-feminist. “Now is the time for all good men to fight for their rights before they have no rights left,” it said
The shooting sparked a major manhunt by state and federal authorities, even before anyone knew whether the target had been judge herself or possibly her husband. Initial reports from several law enforcement sources had said the gunman had been dressed as a FedEx delivery man. The FBI, the lead agency in the investigation, asked anyone with information to call (973) 792-3000, option 2.
Authorities still will not say what case the alleged shooter had before the judge, whose docket has ranged from the celebrity world to hard-core gang members. Salas, 51, has handled cases involving members of the Grape Street Crips, in connection with a long-running drug-trafficking network that was taken down by the FBI in 2015. She was also the judge who sent Real Housewives stars Joe and Teresa Giudice to prison.
In 2017, she barred federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against an alleged gang leader charged in several Newark slayings, ruling the man’s intellectual disability made him ineligible for capital punishment. Salas later sentenced the man to 45 years in prison.
More recently, Salas has presided over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor “high-risk” customers including Epstein.
Salas, who is based in Newark, was the first Hispanic woman to be appointed to the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. She was nominated by President Obama as a U.S. District Court judge in December 2010 and confirmed by the Senate in June 2011.
Mark Anderl served as an assistant prosecutor in Essex County before entering private practice. He met Salas when she was a second-year law school intern.
Daniel, an aspiring lawyer, was the couple’s only child.
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