LYNDHURST, N.J. -- A trio of kidnappers shaved a Mahwah man's head, eyebrows and body and burned his tongue with a cigarette before Wayne police intervened, Lyndhurst police said.
The 22-year-old victim told police that he was assaulted at a Valley Brook Avenue home and kidnapped Sunday after ex-con Christian S. Reyes, 24, of Lyndhurst learned that he'd planned to burglarize Reyes's apartment.
"When Reyes found out about the plan, he duct-taped [the victim's] hands and feet together and used electrical cord to tie him to a chair," Capt. John Valente told Daily Voice.
The victim's head and eyebrows were shaved with a razor and his hair cut off with a knife, the captain said.
The victim said he was then ordered into Reyes’s car at gunpoint.Valente said he was ordered to contact a friend who allegedly was going to help him burglarized Reyes's apartment and arrange a meeting.
"The intent was to assault him, as well," the captain said.
The 23-year-old friend from North Caldwell took off after spotting Reyes's car when he arrived.
The trio then chased the friend to Route 23 in Wayne, where he called local police to report an aggressive driver tailing him, Valente said.
Wayne police found a car on the side of Route 23 and another in a nearby parking lot with the victim inside, the captain said.
He had burns where his eyebrows were and a swollen jaw, the captain said. His tongue also had been burned.
Wayne police took the trio into custody and turned them over to their Lyndhurst colleagues.
The victim was taken at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he remained with injuries that police said weren't life-threatening.
According to Valente, Quessy Acevedo, 21, of Avenel hit the victim in the face while Reyes held a gun to his neck.
A third defendant, 21-year-old Jasely Alvarez of East Rutherford, burned the victim's tongue, threatened him with a knife and then used it to cut off his hair, Valente said.
"They then took a razor and shaved his head, eyebrows and body," he said.
Reyes was being held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail and Acevedo and Alvarez on $400,000 each.
All three are charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and criminal restraint, among other offenses.
Weapons charges were filed against Reyes -- who as a convicted felon is prohibited from having a gun -- and Alvarez.
The ongoing investigation was conducted by Detective Michael Lemanowicz with assistance from Detectives Vincent Auteri and Ronald Guirland, Valente said.
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