Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carjack Ring Suspect Arrested

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carjack Ring Suspect Arrested

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ALLENDALE -- A fugitive who authorities believe is part of an international carjacking ring was arrested this week after he was spotted allegedly trying to steal a luxury car from a residential garage, police said.

Abdur Abdullah, 32, of Irvington, was among six men wanted after a law enforcement task force broke up the carjacking and auto theft ring in February, according to Allendale police and state authorities.

He was arrested on Wednesday after a woman reported seeing him in the driver's seat of a 2014 BMW in her friend's garage, attempting to steal the car, police said. When Abdullah saw the woman, police said, he fled, and Allendale police broadcast his description to surrounding departments.

An Upper Saddle River patrol officer later stopped a gray Dodge Charger that police described as a "suspicious vehicle with two occupants." Abdullah was in a passenger seat, and a woman, Attallah Ahmad, 27, also of Irvington, was driving, police said.

The woman who reported the incident in Allendale later identified Abdullah as the man she saw in her friend's BMW, police said.

Allendale police said that Abdullah initially gave them a false name but that a check of his fingerprints revealed he was a fugitive wanted by state investigators in connection with the auto-theft and carjacking ring.

Abdullah was also wanted by the FBI on a fugitive warrant from western Pennsylvania, Allendale police Sgt. Terrence Lawler said in an email on Friday.

According to court records, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania late last year on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In February, he was among 32 people charged in the international crime ring as part of an investigation state police called Operation Jacked.

At the time, authorities said that they arrested 26 members of the ring, which targeted luxury cars to sell in West Africa, but that six people, including Abdullah, remained at large. …

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