A New Jersey man was arrested on Monday for allegedly shouting offensive language and racial slurs at his neighbors on July 2 in the township of Mount Laurel.
Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, faces several criminal charges, including harassment and biased intimidation and trespassing after a video circulating on social media showed him “shouting offensive and racial slurs at his neighbors,” according to a Mount Laurel Police Department (MLPD) Facebook post.
According to a police affidavit, Mathews was captured on July 2 on a neighbor’s doorbell camera “thrusting his hips in a lewd motion while laughing,” while looking directly at the camera. He is also “heard saying ‘f***ng monkey.'”
The neighbor is a Black woman who sits on the homeowners association board (HOA). She told police Mathews called her racial slurs over the past few months, an apparent attempt to intimidate her into moving out of the neighborhood.
That same day, according to a second affidavit, Mathews allegedly hurled racial slurs during a verbal altercation with neighbors at a different residence. It states Mathews could be heard telling the neighbors that “he ran other residents (African American and HOA board members) out of the community,” and that one of the residents, whose husband is African American and the HOA board president, reported Mathews tried to enter her home.
The neighbors at the second residence told police Mathews called them racial slurs and appeared “to kiss, lick, or spit at (one of the neighbors) in an attempt to escalate the altercation,” before “chest bumping” him.
Video posted on social media shows the end of that confrontation.
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On Monday, police arrested Mathews at his home where dozens of neighbors had gathered outside. Video from CNN affiliate KYW shows drinks being thrown at Mathews, his home and at police as they escorted him to a police cruiser.
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Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina said in a statement, “It is difficult to overstate how vile and despicable the conduct by this defendant towards his neighbors was on Friday night. No one should ever have to deal with such hatred thrown in their face anywhere, but especially on their own doorstep.”
Mathews is currently in custody at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly, NJ.