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Indictment charges Guatemalan national with kidnapping, assaulting, terrorizing Palisades Park ex-girlfriend

Photo Credit: Courtesy PALISADES PARK PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An illegal Guatemalan immigrant who police said burst into his ex-girlfriend’s Palisades Park bedroom, grabbed her by throat, dragged her from house and threatened to kill her was indicted on a trio of charges.

The indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack accuses Abelino De Paz Ajiatas, 21, is accused of kidnapping, terrorizing and assaulting the victim this past Nov. 6.

Neighbors called police just before 1 a.m. after hearing the 20-year-old woman’s screams and looking out to see her being assaulted in front of her Roff Avenue home.

Officers found her crying in the street, Police Chief Benjamin Ramos told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

The 5-foot-5, 135-pound Ajiatas had fled, he said.

Police interviewed the woman — who’d broken up with him a few months earlier, Ramos said — as well as with neighbors and others.

After discovering that Ajiatas worked as a food preparer at a Korean restaurant on Old Ridge Road in Edison, they faxed a copy of an arrest warrant for him to their police colleagues in the Middlesex County town, the chief said.

They then went there and arrested him at his job, he said.

He remained held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, with an INS detainer for deportation purposes if he should make bail or is otherwise released.


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