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Manalapan Man Naked When Extracted from Water Facility Pipe, Police Say

Asaf Mohammad was been transported to the hospital for treatment; he was charged with trespassing.

First responders removed a Manalapan man from a 24-inch pipe within the United Water facility, located on Wilson Avenue in Manalapan Township, Friday morning. 

Asaf Mohammad, 26, of Emily Drive in Manalapan was pulled out of the pipe at around 11 a.m. Friday, Captain Michael Fountain of the Manalapan Police Department said. 

An employee of United Water heard someone screaming for help while he was walking the perimeter of the facility shortly after 7 a.m. He, and other employees, were able to pinpoint the screams from within the pipe, Fountain said. 

First responders were able to break apart part of the pipe that was horizontal and then were able to look down through the vertical portion of the pipe were Mohammad was located. According to police, Mohammad went into the pipe head first, but was able to turn himself around while inside at one of the intersections underground and stand back up and responders were able to pull him out while he was standing. 

According to police, Mohammad was naked when he was removed from the pipe. Authorities are unsure of how long he was in the pipe, but believe it to be several hours before the employees located him. Once Mohammad was extracted, he was flown by a medical helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick for treatment. His condition appeared to be non-life threatening, according to Fountain, but hypothermia was a concern. 

Police do not know how or why Mohammad entered the United Water facility or how he got inside of the pipe or onto the grounds. He has been charged with trespassing. 

Fountain said that there is an officer at the hospital attempting to ascertain more information from Mohammad and detectives still investigating the grounds of the United Water facility in order to determine what precisely happened and to see if additional charges should be filed. 

Along with the Manalapan Police Department and Englishtown Police Department, the Manalapan Township Fire Company #1, Gordons Corner Fire Department, Englishtown Fire Department, Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad, New Jersey State Police Medevac all responded to the scene. The Monroe Fire Department, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and New Jersey State Police all sent out their confined space rescue teams to the scene, as well. 

Manalapan Mayor Jordan Maskowitz sent out an email alert Friday stating that United Water said that the incident does not affect the water quality and water supply to residents.  

Doug Cohen January 23, 2014 at 09:32 PM
The residents of Manalapan deserve an explanation.. This whole thing is bizarre and very concerning..
Marlboro VoiceofReason January 23, 2014 at 09:46 PM
@Doug - -Utterly crazy that there is no explanation on how this person could get into those pipes / water. Has something been planted there for the future, was anything tainted with, etc. Crazy that there is no word on this.....
D P February 06, 2014 at 11:55 AM
I'm with Jmgy :****THE FBI SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS!!!*** AND ***PLEASE LET US KNOW THAT THEY ARE!!!*** WE ARE SUPPOSED TO REPORT WHEN WE SEE SOMETHING UNUSUAL?? WELL HERE IT IS!!!!!!***1.WHO IS HE AND WHY WAS HE ABLE TO GET ONTO PROTECTED PROPERTY SO EASILY?? 2. IS THE WATER BEING TESTED?? WHY WASN'T THIS BIG NEWS?????? Jmgy January 18, 2014 at 09:59 AM I say this with much concern, how did this person get into such a secure site? Should we not be concern with terrorism here? Am I the only one who's thoughts are going there. Did the FBI check him and his family out? This disturbs me. I thought it was a worker at the plant who got stuck in there. Apparently he was there for a few hours so that brings us to before daylight. Think about the world we live in. I think more investigating should happen just not a ticket for trespassing. He could have hurt thousands if he did something sinister. Please have the FBI look into this.
D P February 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM
and... there isn't an Emily "DRIVE" in Manalapan (as reported above)...there is in Old bridge off of Englishtown road... and there is an Emily "Road" in Manalapan... off of Englishtown road as well....
Marlboro VoiceofReason February 06, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Incredible that this story has NO follow-up ?????? Rewsults in water or property testing?

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