By Alex Young | South Jersey Times 

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A borough man was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking two people with a machete, according to Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan.

On Monday around 10:30 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to Walnut Street by a reported of two people suffering from multiple wounds after they were reportedly assaulted.

When officers from the Penns Grove Police Department arrived, they found a 29-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman who both had multiple injuries to their upper bodies and heads, according to Lenahan.

Both victims were taken to Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, and are currently listed in stable condition, according to Lenahan.

Lenahan said the victims were initially not cooperating with authorities. The next day, however, they said they knew the alleged assailant — identified by authorities as Matthew Rolle, 31.

The victims told police they did not know why he attacked them, but believed he may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident, according to Lenahan.

He was charged with two counts each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. A warrant was issued for his arrest on March 17, but police were unable to locate him right away, authorities said.

Early the next day, police said they were called to a home on State Street around 12:30 a.m. by a report of a man assaulting a woman with a steel weight.

When officers arrived, police found that Rolle allegedly hit a 30-year-old woman believed to be his girlfriend multiple times in the head with the weight, according to Lenahan.

Police said they searched the home and reportedly found Rolle hiding in a crawl space and placed him under arrest. The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital, in Newark, Delaware, and was later released, according to Lenahan.

Rolle was processed on the initial charges and was also charged with with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, authorities said.

He was held in the Salem County Correctional Facility, in Mannington, in lieu of $400,000 bail.

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