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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.  

Jake January 17, 2014 at 09:14 PM
The pipe was unused.
Sanman January 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM
In my life I have had some good old nites of drinking but never woke up nude in a water pipe this was on covered by national media the rescue was great the explanation was horrible
everlast332005 January 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Things that make you go hmmmm
Jennifer King January 18, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Something is very fishy
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.
Curious George January 18, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Other reports had him wearing shorts and a t shirt...Not naked.
Linda Calcaterra January 18, 2014 at 04:57 PM
linny001 I agree with Jmgy, his motives definitely need to be aggressively investigated. Given the state of affairs of our country, NOTHING should be overlooked.
Linda Calcaterra January 18, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I don't care if his name is "Tom Jones", he is ILLEGALLY in our water plant, stuck in a pipe, late night/early morning. Dressed or undressed, that is irrelevant. What part of ILLEGAL is so difficult to understand....... linny001
Sanman January 18, 2014 at 05:37 PM
We'll no matter if he was Mohammed or George Washington clothes or no clothes he was trespassing on private property
Sanman January 18, 2014 at 06:13 PM
If you found him in your house when you came home he mite not be a terrorist but maybe intruder or rapist or would you offer him cup of coffee
Jmgy January 18, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Well Americans22 it doesn't mater what his name is just because he's a neighbor doesn't mean he can't be a terrorist! Did you ever hear of sleeper cells? I lost a lot of dear friends in 9/11, so call me an alarmist. Why would he go into the water treatment plant with or without clothes doesn't matter either way.. It deserves to be investigated even so. Don't be so naive.
The Missus January 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM
American222, enlighten us please
Jmgy January 18, 2014 at 10:54 PM
American222, So what is the truth? If hes your friend you should know. Without the facts we can only make assumptions. Enlighten us.
Linda Calcaterra January 18, 2014 at 11:49 PM
American222, you "protest to much", what are you hiding? Are YOU working with the authorities to help with the investigation? Are you being cooperative as to get "the whole other story" out, to free "your friend"? If it has nothing to do with the water plant...may I ask, "What the hell was he doing in the early morning hours at the plant to begin with "?
Matthew Needelman January 19, 2014 at 03:19 AM
He WAS found naked, so until you were there you shouldn't assume. He left his home with shorts on, but WAS naked when pulled out.
PC January 19, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Maybe he got naked to help turn himself around in the pipe?
Redacted January 19, 2014 at 09:02 AM
OK "American222" (yes I capitalized American), seeing as how you have valuable, inside, relavant,personal insight/information on this person of interest AND his motives will you share this with the NJ DEP and the FBI at a minimum? When and where did he enter the pipe? Was he carrying anything with him? Did he leave anything behind? How far did he travel into the property while tresspassing? What other areas did he access? Most importantly what was his reason for this breach????? THEN come back here and tell your fellow 100,000 Americans in the area whose families drink, cook and bathe with this water that they are at NO RISK from your friends actions.
The Missus January 19, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Who leaves home with shorts on in 30 degree weather?????
The Missus January 19, 2014 at 09:23 AM
American222, should I call you Anna Mohammad? You still living in Philadelphia?
Linda Calcaterra January 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM
WOW !!!! YOUR SILENCE IS DEAFENING AMERICAN222!!!! ARE YOU THERE, OR DID YOU TURN YOURSELF IN AS A WITNESS FOR THE DEFENDANT?
Redacted January 20, 2014 at 04:16 AM
So is the silence from United Water Company and our local officials. Guess we'll just ASSUME nothings wrong with our water. Hope I'm not poisioning my family by leaving the tap on.
mark cohen January 20, 2014 at 09:14 AM
I could understand the crazy man idea if his name was Tom Smith but if you put this man,s name and his pic together? We need an out side agency to find out the real truth I,m going well !
Marlboro VoiceofReason January 21, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Naked or not, what the heck was he doing in the water facility and HOW CAN HE GET IN THERE???? This is the water supply, I hope tests were done on the water and the facility - all the pipes after this happened...... incredible.
Cheyenne Shala January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Hopefully the FBI and Homeland Security are obtaining a search warrant for Mr. Mohammad's residence. They need to discover what he's been reading; known Islamic affiliations; connections; etc. You can figure out what I'm referring to...
The Missus January 22, 2014 at 03:25 PM
american222 deleted all of her comments!
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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