A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested and charged with kidnapping and assaulting a 17-year-old Maplewood girl, according to Maplewood Police.
The man, Abu Mamun of of 484 E. 4th St., allegedly removed the girl by force from her Maplewood home on Nov. 6 and brought her to the Brooklyn residence they formerly shared.
The girl's father told Maplewood police officers he had received a phone call from his daughter around midnight reporting she had been assaulted and was being taken against her will to New York City in a taxi.
Maplewood Police Dets. Lt. Michael Marucci and Ray Rosania gave New York City Police information including the Brooklyn address the girl had shared with Mamun. The teenager and Mamun had previously been married in an Indian religious ceremony that is not legally recognized in New Jersey.
NYPD officers located the girl at her former home that same day. They arrested Mamun and his brother, Ismael Mamun and charged them both with assault of the teenager and aggravated assault of a third person who was also at the residence.
The girl was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
Marucci and Rosania charged Abu Mamun with kidnapping, assault and aggravated assault. They also charged the taxi driver, 26-year-old Nazmul Hossain of Brooklyn, with kidnapping.
When asked why the police department waited nearly a month to release information on the case, Maplewood Police Capt. John Perna said, "There was a lot of behind the scenes work (since the arrests). We had to look at the involvement of the cab driver and the brother."
Perna said the girl is currently back home with her family.
Mamun and Hossain are currently both in custody in New York and are awaiting extradition to New Jersey on the charges.