Police: N.J. Man Attacks Women With Tomahawk

Neighbor Saves Women By Hitting Suspect With Baseball Bat

UNION, N.J. (1010 WINS/ CBS 2) – A deranged man attacked two women with a tomahawk hatchet and a knife in Union Township, N.J. on Friday morning, police said.

The two women were walking their dogs on Long View Avenue around 6 a.m. when they found several items from one of their sheds strewn across the lawn. Upon taking a closer look and opening the shed door, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said 25-year-old Morgan Mesz jumped out, stabbed the women and attacked them with a giant hatchet.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Neighbor Hernan Agudelo, 33, heard the blood curdling screams and ran over to the yard where he grabbed a baseball bat and hit the suspect in the head, knocking him out, Romankow said.

“This act of selflessness and bravery is commendable,” said Romankow. “Without Mr. Agudelo’s brave actions this situation could have been much worse.”

Mesz has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and bail has been set at $1.5 million.

His ears were cut but Agudelo told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan he would do it again.

“I had a souvenir little mini bat and grabbed and went back there and when I went in there he was hurting the other person, assaulting her, looked like he was stabbing her,” Agudelo said.

Agudelo said the suspect was violently stabbing his 53-year-old neighbor near the shed of her home. She was rushed to the hospital in very critical condition. Her roommate, a 50-year-old woman, was also viciously attacked. Agudelo heard their screams for help.

“I just went in started hitting him with a bat, then I tackled him into the ground and pinned him down until police showed up,” Agudelo said.

The 33-year-old father knew what he was getting into. He first rushed to the backyard, where tons of stuff from the shed was pulled out into the lawn, without a bat.

He said Mesz told him to back off.

“He told me they were sacrificing children and [he] came to kill them. He was from Arkansas,” Agudelo said.

But Mesz is from the neighborhood and lives in a house on Nottingham Way with his mom.

“He helped people to repair driveway. Always very friendly. Friendly neighbors you’d want to have,” said Mesz’s neighbor, Galina Venezia.

At the victim’s home one neighbor brought a cross. Everyone was shaken by what police call a random crime.

“It’s just so sad. It could have been my mother-in-law, could have been me. It could have been anybody,” Maura Kepuladze said.

“He put himself in danger, actually, but I guess he was sure that he would tackle him down,” Alex Kepuladze told 1010 WINS’ Sandberg. “But if he didn’t help, he would’ve killed the women. I don’t know. I don’t know what would have happened…It’s scary, very scary.”

When asked how he mustered the bravery to do what he did, Agudelo said, “I don’t know why. Sometimes as human beings we all need help. I think it was just the right thing for me to do.

“Sometime we see things happening and look away. It’s a sad thing.”

And that was one thing this hero didn’t do — look away.

  • DanTe

    Proof positive that “The Good Samaritin” is a CBS employee like “nathan” or is one and the same idiot.

    He keeps deleting posts (as only someone with access can). Well here’s the post again:

    If you feel like you should not be censored by CBS idiots like this, file a complaint at:

    h t t p : // www .cbs .com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php

  • Sick of Libturds

    Sick and tired of these airhead CBS pukes (like The Good Samaritin/Nathan) with their ret ard ed comments? File a complaint at www . cbs. com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php

  • Sick of Libturds

    Sick and tired of these airhead CBS pukes (like The Good Samaritin/Nathan) with their ret ard ed comments? File a complaint: http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php

  • Fox Mulder

    A random crime? Doubtful.

    No, more likely “Manchurian Candidate” related. The experiments never ended – they simply went further underground.

    The type of “acts” are actually happening all around the country, but are sometimes hard to identify. Most are not mind-control experiments – but a small handful may very well be.

    Be cautious – trust no one. The truth is out there.

  • The Good Samaritan

    The Good Samaritan post from 332pm was from a person impersonating The Good Samaritan

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    • CBS

      We only hire good quality idiots for our staff. The Good Samaritan is part of the CBS family.

      • DanTe

        Must be nathan. Sounds just about as stupid.

  • yankees

    That’s how the Europeans conquered the Native Americans. There baseball bats where superior to the tomahawk.

  • samkan

    Its always poor people why nothing bad ever happens to Wall Street banker or Hollwywood sleezoid

  • The Good Samaritan

    I hope I’ve made it clear that I require a bat to the head.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    • Fox Mulder

      Most readers are put off by The Good Samaritan’s comments.

      They don’t understand you.

      But I do. I understand what you are trying to say.

  • Nick

    The “Good Samaritan” is a CBS employee. He get’s to censor stuff that disagrees with him.

    • Alex

      I was going to make a comment about the “Good Samaritan” but he/she is not worth it.

      • Leon

        If the Good Samaritan was the one attacked with a tomahawk, he/she wouldn’t be complaining about the suspect’s rights

  • Richard Jones

    The bat is mightier than the axe.

  • The Good Samaritan

    Hopefully the suspect will sue the person that attacked him with the giant hatchet.

    That is possession of a weapon. What did this guy think he was Michael Meyers.

    Dan he should have called 911 and kept the suspect at bay.Bridget you need to grow the brain.

    The suspects civil rights were violated.

  • CantGetaName

    We all know that some ambulance chasing lawyer is going to defend the poor deranged tomahawk wielding suspect and sue ‘the neighbor’ for assaulting him. He’ll probably claim that he thought the ladies were intruders breaking into his crib.
    And the excess use of force by the neighbor was uncalled for cause he’s a 90 weakling and ‘the neighbor’ was a former linebacker with Giants.

  • Kathleen

    This is a really whacky story, glad the neighbor took charge!! I hope the women are alright, are the dogs ok????

    • Keila

      Yes, the dog is fine. The women are still in critical condition :(

  • The Good Samaritan

    There was no need to hit that man. My mom would have gladly spread her legs and calmed him down.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    • Bridget

      @TGS, you are a complete idiot. Your comments show you are not very intelligent and that you have the mentality of a 9 year old. Grow a brain fool.

  • Dan

    Good Samaritan, if it wasnt for ” the neighbor” it would have been a homicide! and no he wont get charged! he did the right thing!

  • The Good Samaritan

    The neighbor needs to be charged with assault as he had no right to attack the suspect.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  • Pullma Nads

    That’s because he was not allowed to smoke his peace pipe anywhere.

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