INTERNATIONAL - A hedge fund manager has been arrested for slashing a bride with a sword and threatening to kill her on her wedding day on Saturday.
Carlos Mejia, 43, allegedly attacked the woman, whose name is being withheld due to the nature of the charges, outside his hotel room after being denied a cigarette.
He had been arguing with her and members of the wedding party at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, New Jersey, reports the New Jersey Herald.
The bridge sustained a laceration to her left arm and was rushed to Newton Medical Center, however her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Mejia, from New York, was arrested by Hardyston police and charged with assault and terrorist threats.
He is believed to work in the city and has been employed by the firm he works for more than a decade before opening an office in his native Colombia.
The accused was thought to be staying as a guest at the hotel for a work-related event, said First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller.
During his stay he approached the bridal party and asked if he could have a cigarette, according to the affidavit from Mejia's arrest.
The affidavit states that either they did not have one to give him, or refused to, resulting in a verbal dispute.
Mejia then began yelling at the bride and the rest of the group before heading back to his hotel room, witnesses report.
Police have added that he was wielding the sword at the bride while threatening to kill her, before slicing her arm with it.
Although a witness called police as Mejia made a bid to leave, he had to be stopped by several guests and detained by security until they arrived.
Mejia was also spotted wandering around the hotel holding the sword prior to the attack.
During his interview, which was 'inconclusive', it was decided that Mejia appeared to be 'under the influence of drugs or alcohol' during the events.
Mejia is charged with third-degree aggravated assault with bodily injury, third-degree terroristic threats, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and a disorderly persons offense of harassment.
The businessman was reportedly booked into the Sussex County Jail and released, pending a court appearance.
- DAILY MAIL