Federal, state and Cumberland County authorities continue searching for the man who allegedly attacked a woman with a machete Wednesday night and then led police on a pursuit through multiple municipalities.
The man, who the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office identified as Eugenio Morales, 43, last known to live in Vineland, has been charged with attempted homicide and other offenses. He is considered to be armed and dangerous, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.
The attack occurred at a house near the intersection of Sixth and Almond streets in Vineland. The victim, a 41-year-old woman, suffered life-threatening injuries to her face, head, body and hands and is in critical and unstable condition, police said.
Police did not identify the victim out of concern for her safety.
Police recovered a firearm at the scene of the attack. Morales allegedly fled in a black sport utility vehicle, which was later found abandoned near Jackson Road and Route 54 in Buena Vista Township.
An extensive search involving multiple agencies, including the Vineland Police Department, Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Marshals Regional Taskforce continues.
The public is warned not to approach Morales and that he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Morales should call 911 or the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111, ext. 4180 or the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-381-2047.
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