MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (CBS) — The Mount Laurel man arrested after a neighborhood confrontation over the summer went viral is facing more charges. Prosecutors say Edward Mathews vandalized a neighbor’s car and left a threatening note on it earlier this year.
Mathews was initially charged with harassing his neighbors, bias intimidation, and stalking in July after a video showed him hurling racial slurs at a neighbor.READ MORE: 4 Shot Inside Park City Center Mall, Lancaster Police Say
That video led to a large protest outside Mathews’ house.READ MORE: 'Everyone Was In Pure Panic': Good Samaritans Rush To Shooting Victims' Aid At Park City Center Mall
“We empathize with the residents of Essex Place who were on the receiving end of Mathews’ conduct,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said. “No one should have to endure racial harassment anywhere, but especially not in their own neighborhood and even in their own home.”MORE NEWS: Man In Critical Condition After Fairhill Shooting, Police Say
Prosecutors also announced Tuesday that four protesters in that crowd were charged for attacking police and Mathews while he was being arrested. Prosecutors say the individuals discharged pepper spray, damaged property and spat at police.