A manhunt continues  in south Jersey for a man who attacked a woman in a Vineland parking lot with a large machete on Wednesday night in front of horrified residents.

The News of Cumberland County reports police are centering their search for Eugenio Morales in the Buena Vista area where his SUV was found after an unidentified Vineland woman was found slashed in the face, head, body and hands.

Morales and the woman argued in a parking lot where he stuck her so hard she fell to the ground according to the Daily Journal of Vineland.

Witnesses say Morales then went to his vehicle and got out the large machete and began his attack as several witnesses looked on. A woman threw a brick at Morales during the slashing; she didn’t hit him but he stopped the attack and drove off.

A witness told the Daily Journal the machete had a blade the length of an arm, elbow to fingertips.



Law enforcement including New Jersey State Police and the US Marshals Regional Taskforce are all part of the search for Morales who faces attempted homicide, weapons and other related offenses.

Police say Morales should be considered armed & extremely dangerous and should not be approached.

Morales has a lengthy police record which includes obstruction, drug possession and distribution to assault. A number of cases either were transferred to Family Court, where outcomes are not disclosed, or dismissed at the motion of prosecutors according to the Daily Journal.