UNION — A man armed with a knife and hatchet attacked two women as they investigated misplaced items in their back yard early this morning, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said.
The alleged attacker, Morgan Mesz, 25, of Union Township, was taken to University Hospital for injuries and is currently in police custody.
The attack, which seemed random and unprompted according to authorities, occurred just before 6 a.m. at a home on the 200 block of Longview Road in Union.
According to the investigation, the women noticed several items from their shed strewn around the back yard. When the women went into the yard to investigate and approached the shed, an attacker emerged and stabbed both women several times.
A neighbor, Hernan Agudelo, 33, heard the attack and ran into his neighbor’s yard and was able to subdue the attacker, said Romankow. Agudelo suffered several non-life threatening stab wounds in the altercation, received treatment at a local hospital and was later released.
“This act of selflessness and bravery is commendable,” said Romankow. “Without Mr. Agudelo’s brave actions this situation could have been much worse.”
The victims were taken to University Hospital in Newark. The first, a 53-year-old woman is currently listed in critical condition. The second, 50-year-old woman was undergoing surgery for her wounds as of this afternoon.
Members of the Prosecutor’s Office and Union Township Police Department continue to examine evidence and gather statements. A motive for the attack has not yet been established, authorities said.
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