The teens were among a group of 20 who were rounded up after neighbors complained about a loud house party early Saturday. Fort Lee's attorney Lee Cohen says the five were left behind when the van reached police headquarters.
One of the teens, Adam Kim, said in an email that he and four other boys were "stranded" for more than 14 hours with no food, water or cellphones.
The boys say they were released after an officer heard them making noise.
Cohen tells The Record newspaper there was a "serious error." He says the commanding officer of the shift and two other officers have been suspended with pay.
Information from: The Record