Here’s some breaking news from Manalapan, New Jersey.
This is a very peculiar case. A young man was arrested for trespassing at a water treatment plant in Manalapan. He climbed a six-foot fence with three or four layers of barbed wire on the top, and then got stuck — naked — in a two-foot diameter water pipe.
The has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.
The young perpetrator entered the pipe sometime last night, and was first detected by plant employees at 7am. The incident occurred just over a week after a chemical spill in West Virginia left hundreds of thousands of people without drinking water.
New Jersey authorities are baffled by this one. They have no idea what might have motivated this young man — who was slim, but not slim enough — to engage in such outlandish behavior.
Below is a TV news report about the mysterious incident. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
We are certain to learn more after the Department of Homeland Security arrives on the scene and explains what’s going on to concerned New Jersey residents.
The Manalapan Patch has details about this morning’s events:
Manalapan Man Naked When Extracted from Water Facility Pipe
Asaf Mohammad has 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.
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.
But how does the mayor know that for sure? How many ppm of cultural enrichment does the EPA allow in the water supply before it is deemed unsafe for human consumption? How long was Mr. Mohammad lodged in the pipe before he was extracted? A lot of enrichment could have seeped out during that time…
The New York CBS station has more:
Trespasser Freed From Pipe at United Water Plant in New Jersey, Faces Criminal Charges
MANALAPAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Rescuers have freed a man who had been stuck for hours in a pipe at a water treatment plant in New Jersey.
Officials told CBS 2 around 11:30 a.m. that 26-year-old Asef Mohamed, of Manalapan, had been freed and airlifted to an area hospital. He was 10 to 12 feet down the pipe, which was not in use, WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reported.
United Water spokesman Rich Henning said Mohamed broke into the plant that treats and pumps water for the township of Manalapan. Workers heard cries for help coming from the pipe around 7 a.m. Friday.
“This was a person that purposely climbed a six-foot fence with three or four layers of barbed wire on top,” Henning said.
United Water officials said they have no idea why Mohamed did it, but are now looking at ways to tighten up security, Putney reported.
Manalapan police announced Friday afternoon that Mohamed is being charged with fourth-degree criminal trespassing and may face additional charges as the investigation continues, CBS 2′s Steve Langford reported.
Henning said the outflow pipe is used for cleaning a storage facility and is no more than 24 inches wide. He said the water quality was not affected by the incident.
Manalapan’s mayor told CBS 2 the town is considering the possibility of having Mohamed pay for the cost of the rescue operation.
Is there more to this incident than meets the eye? Remember what USA Today said, just four days ago:
Even as 300,000 West Virginians sought ways to cook, wash, bathe and hydrate without their official water supply, some wondered about a broader question: If a simple accident involving a relatively benign chemical can cause such havoc, what about an attack on a reservoir with a far more potent toxin?
“It may be a good lesson for the country, to see how we’re handling it, and what could be put into place,” said Pat Barlett, 81, of Charleston, whose life has spanned many West Virginia disasters, including coal mine collapses, floods and blizzards.
“You know, the terrorists are around,” she said. “This could happen anywhere. We need to think about it and be prepared.”
Could there be any connection? Does young Mr. Mohammad read USA Today?
Nah. Couldn’t be.
It’s just a coincidence.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.