Eugenio Morales

BRIDGETON — A Vineland man is under indictment for allegedly brutally hacking a woman with a machete in 2012.

Authorities allege that the attack by Eugenio Morales left the woman with life-threatening injuries to her head, face, body and hands.

Morales, 43, of the 500 block of East Elmer Street, eventually spent time in a hospital after he was shot by police who were checking to see if he was the man wanted in connection with the machete attack.

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A grand jury sitting in the Cumberland County courthouse handed up an indictment charging Morales with criminal attempted murder, criminal attempted aggravated assault, aggravated assault and various weapons offenses.

Morales is in the Cumberland County jail in Bridgeton. A Superior Court judge set Morales’ bail at $1 million following Morales’s arrest.

Authorities allege that Morales attacked the woman in her home on Aug. 15, 2012. Authorities have not indentified the woman. Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae could not be reached for comment on Friday regarding the woman’s identify or information about her physical condition.

Morales fled Vineland after the attack, authorities said, prompting a wide-ranging search by various law-enforcement agencies. The search ended two days later when Morales was approached on Route 54 in Buena Vista Township by two members of the Buena Borough Police Department. That department patrols a section of Route 54.

Authorities said Morales was shot after he allegedly attacked the officers with a box cutter. The officers were approaching Morales after being told by a passer-by that a man walking along Route 54 matched the description of the suspect wanted in connection with the machete attack.

Morales spent time at Cooper University Hospital in Camden recovering from the shooting before being transferred to the county jail.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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