MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police are investigating the abduction and assault of a 17-year-old girl from a Maplewood residence by her 22-year-old husband.
According to police, on Nov. 6 at approximately 12:30 a.m., officers responded to an Irvington Avenue residence on a call for assistance. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the father of the girl who was reported to have been taken by force and from the residence by her husband approximately 30 minutes before the police were called.
Police said the girl was married to her husband in an Indian religious ceremony only and the marriage is not recognized legally by the state of New Jersey.
The father, who was unaware that his daughter had been taken from the home, was alerted to the incident after receiving a call from his daughter who reported that she had been assaulted, was on her way to New York City in a taxi cab and in needed help. The New York City Police Department was immediately notified of the incident and advised of the address that the couple had previously shared in Brooklyn.
Maplewood Police Detectives Lieutenant Michael Marucci and Detective Ray Rosania responded to the Irvington Avenue address and gathered information from family members relaying those details to the New York City Police Department. As a result of a cooperative effort between the Maplewood Police Department and the New York City Police Department the girl was located at her former residence in Brooklyn and her husband was arrested.
The Husband, Abu Maman, and his brother, Ismael Maman, were charged by the NYPD with the assault of the girl and the aggravated assault of a third party who was on scene at the Brooklyn residence.
The girl was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. Maplewood police charged the girl's husband with kidnapping, assault and aggravated assault. The taxi driver, Nazmul Hossain, who transported the girl from Maplewood to Brooklyn, was also charged with kidnapping.
The suspects are in custody in New York and are awaiting extradition to New Jersey on the charges.