26-year-old Asef Mohamed is facing criminal charges after climbing over a barbed wire fence, trespassing and being found naked inside a pipe at a New Jersey water treatment plant Friday.
Sergeant Robert Herring told TheBlaze Saturday morning authorities are still investigating the incident, but do not suspect Mohamed of any suspicious foul play or having the intention to sabotage the water supply.
“The investigation is still going on, but not that we are aware of, no,” he said. “The investigation is still going on, if that [suspicious play] does surface then obviously that will be released to the press.”
Herring said that police have dealt with Mohamed on numerous occasions before and he has often been found under the influence of drugs.
United Water spokesman Rich Henning said the 26-year-old broke into the plant that treats and pumps water for the town of Manalapan around 7 a.m. Friday, according to WCBS-TV.
“This was a person that purposely climbed a six-foot fence with three or four layers of barbed wire on top,” he said.
The man later got stuck in the pipe and started screaming for help before authorities rushed to the scene and airlifted him to the hospital, according to WCBS-TV.
Officials are now reportedly looking at different ways to tighten security. Nevertheless, police say they this is a clear cut case, despite not knowing the man’s motives.
“Certain people can probably take it and spin it to something it’s not, but it’s pretty cut and dry,” Herring said.
At the time of publication, Herring had only been charged with trespassing, though additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
The news comes after a chemical spill earlier this month seriously contaminated the water supply in West Virginia, leaving about 300,000 people without water to drink, cook, or bathe in.
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