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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A transgender female, two other adults and a juvenile were taken into custody by Hackensack police detectives after the staged robbery of an iPhone put the victim in intensive care.

The 24-year-old Lodi victim arranged to sell his iPhone to Ibrahim Abuharthia, 19, of Ridgefield Park ( above, middle ) while chatting on Facebook, Capt. Thomas Salcedo said this morning.

He told police he then went late Friday to an arranged location on Lodi Street where he thought he was meeting only Abuharthia.

Instead, Abuharthia sat in the passenger side of a car containing three other people, Salcedo said.

As the victim handed him the phone, the driver hit the gas, he said.

The victim hung on for “a good 30 to 40 feet” before falling off and slamming his head, the captain said.

He was brought to Hackensack University Medical Center just after midnight and remained in Surgical Intensive Care last night, he said.

Meanwhile, detectives who quickly hit Facebook arrested one suspect and were immediately led to three others.

Charged with robbery are Ibrahim, 19-year-old Chantell Wald (above, left), who was described as a transgender female undergoing a sex change, and Felicia Dangelo, 18 ( above, right ) — who, like Wald, is from Moonachie.

Wald and Abuharthia were being held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, while Dangelo’s bail was $25,000.

Juvenile complaints for robbery were signed against a 17-year-old Little Ferry boy who Salcedo said was in the car.


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