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Authorities arrested on Friday yet another alleged accomplice in a kidnapping they say was orchestrated by Instagram influencer Jebara Igbara, known to fans as Jay Mazini, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Ishimeer Allen, 22, of Paterson and Rami Aljibawi, 37, of Clifton, were arrested last week for their alleged roles in the crime, and were charged with kidnapping, conspiracy, aggravated assault, coercion and weapons offenses.
Authorities arrested Alaziz Dalmida, 21, of Newark, on Friday, charging him with the same and making him the latest domino to fall in an ever unravelling plot and continued fall from grace for the internet celebrity.
Prosecutors have also accused Aljibawi of bankrolling the plot.
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Mazini, 35, of Edgewater, was charged in March with kidnapping and assault in the abduction of a rival, who was driven around Bergen County before he was left in Passaic, naked, beaten and having been threatened with a machete, according to an affidavit.
“If you call the police, I will kill you,” at least one of the abductors told the victim, the court document states.
All defendants were booked into the Bergen County Jail, where Mazini and Aljibawi remain, pending the outcome of their criminal cases.
Instagram has disabled Mazini’s account, as the influencer’s legal troubles mount. Mazini, who rose to fame for videos in which he would hand out cash to strangers, already faces federal charges for allegedly defrauding his fans of $2.5 million in a Bitcoin scheme.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.