Man Indicted In Union Township Hatchet Attack

ELIZABETH – A 25-year-old Union Township man has been indicted on three counts of attempted murder by a Union County Grand Jury for allegedly using a hatchet to attack two women and a neighbor who defended them in January.

According to a police investigation, Morgan Mesz was armed with a knife and hatchet when he allegedly attacked two women on Jan. 7 as they investigated misplaced items in their back yard, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. The seemingly random and unprompted attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at home on the 200 block of Longview Road.


The women noticed several items from their shed strewn around the back yard. When they approached the shed, Mesz allegedly stabbed both women several times. The victims, both in their 50s, were seriously injured in the attack and were transported to University Hospital.

A neighbor, Hernan Agudelo, heard the attack and ran into his neighbor’s yard and was able to subdue the attacker, said Romankow. Agudelo suffered several stab wounds in the altercation, received treatment at a local hospital and was later released.

Mesz was still being held in custody on $1.5 million bail. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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