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Neighbors Messy Feud Ends in Deadly East Orange Machete Attack


The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is the lead agency investigating a violent confrontation that ended in a deadly stabbing inside an East Orange high-rise building Wednesday afternoon. 

Authorities would not release many details regarding the incident, but RLS Media visited 50 Munn Avenue (Heritage House) today and learned of some circumstances surrounding the incident. 

Witnesses told us that at approximately 2:49 p.m., East Orange Police were called to the 9th floor after learning of a fight in progress up on the 9th floor. 

When officers arrived, they found an irate woman who needed to be restrained and ultimately arrested for disorderly conduct. 

A further investigation revealed a heavily bleeding man inside a nearby stairwell suffering multiple stab wounds. 

That victim, Mr. Joshua Mewborn, was pronounced dead around 3:20 p.m. 

Witnesses told RLS Media that Mewborn and the suspected neighbor initially engaged in a verbal altercation, which led to the men attacking each other. 

“The suspect reportedly pulled out a machete-type knife and began repeatedly stabbing Mewborn,” witnesses said. 

The female who was taken into custody reportedly was friends with Mewborn and tried to help during the violent confrontation. 

Officials have not announced an arrest at this time.

The investigation is active and ongoing.