Mount Laurel, an NJ man seen in a racist rant also accused of stalking
MOUNT LAUREL – A township man whose racial slurs in a video sparked a rowdy protest outside his home has been hit with new charges for more reckless behavior involving neighbors.
Investigators have found evidence that Edward C. Mathews fired ball bearings on two vehicles owned by neighbors, causing damage of $ 2,350, Burlington County District Attorney Scott Coffina said Thursday.
He is also accused of harassing one of the owners of the vehicle.
Mathews was incarcerated in Burlington County Jail on bias bullying for a hate speech filmed late last week.
The new charges resulted in a delay in his detention hearing, now likely postponed to Tuesday, authorities said, while also sharing more details on why Mathews did not spend the entire holiday weekend in a prison cell.
Why was Edward Matthews not arrested the first time?
When Mount Laurel Police first met Mathews last Friday, they requested that the charges be placed on a warrant, allowing him to be arrested and put in jail, Coffina said.
But a municipal court judge denied it and those initial charges were brought by summons.
Police then obtained additional video taken on July 2, which shows Mathews bumping his chest against another man and appearing to spit in another person’s face, while using racial slurs even after police showed up on places.
He was taken into police custody on Monday and charged with the felony of fourth degree bias for the purpose of intimidating and two counts of harassment.
What else has Edward Matthews been accused of?
Mount Laurel Police then searched Mathews’ home after obtaining a search warrant, based on threats he made and a neighbor’s report to police that they believed Mathews was in the house. origin of the damage caused to his family’s vehicles.
A slingshot and several ball bearings, which matched the projectiles used to damage the cars, along with a supply of psilocybin mushrooms and packing materials were recovered from Mathews’ house, Coffina said.
On Thursday, the following third degree charges were announced against Mathews:
- two counts of criminal mischief
- possession of a weapon (slingshot) for illegal purposes
- possession of a controlled hazardous substance
- possession of a controlled hazardous substance with the intention of distributing
He also faced criminal harassment, two counts of some people for not having weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia – a disorderly persons offense.
The Mount Laurel Police Chief said it was a great example of the impact community members can have by sharing tips on criminal activity.
“Because someone recorded Mathews’ conduct on Friday night, we had the evidence to lay the previous charges and the opportunity to assemble the evidence that led to these additional charges, including for the damage we allege.” he recently caused to the vehicles of his neighbors, ”said Chief Stephen Riedener.
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