A Newark man has been arrested and charged in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault that took place in Plainfield earlier this year, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Acting Plainfield Police Director Captain David Guarino jointly announced Thursday.
Police say Mr. Jafa McAllister, 33, is charged with four counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of third-degree terroristic threats, one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, and third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and three related third and fourth-degree weapons charges.
According to police, on November 28, 2021, members of the Plainfield Police Department were notified that a kidnapping and sexual assault had occurred on the 300 block of Liberty Street in Plainfield.
A joint investigation launched by the Union County Special Victims Unit and the Plainfield Police Department revealed that in the early morning hours of November 28th, a female awoke to find three unknown males in her home, who were armed and demanding money, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Tina Fay, who is prosecuting the case.
The investigation revealed that, over the course of several hours, McAllister and two yet unidentified intruders held the woman and her three children captive in their home. During the attack, the adult victim was sexually assaulted at knife-point.
The three then forced the victims into their own car and drove them to Newark, where they were held for several hours before escaping when the assailants exited the vehicle, Fay stated.
RLS Media observed police chase the car around Newark, beginning on Elizabeth Avenue and ending on Irvine Turner Boulevard.
Three of the suspects were arrested and EMS loaded the children into an ambulance.
The incident appeared, at that time, as a domestic violence incident. Plainfield Police would only point us in the direction of UCPO, who did not immediately return information.
The investigation, assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the New Jersey State Police, resulted in McAllister’s identification.
He is currently being held in the Essex County Jail pending a first appearance.
Authorities did not say what charges the other suspects were facing.
This matter remains under active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit Sergeant Janet Lopez at 908-347-8491, Detective Jennifer Smith at 908-759-8254, or Plainfield Police Department Detective Chanel Johnson at 732-343-0718.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.