New Jersey Bride Slashed with Sword During Wedding Reception: Police

Carlos Mejia was arrested for allegedly attacking a bride with a sword.
Carlos Mejia was arrested on charges of assault and making terroristic threats.Hardyston Police Dept.

The suspect allegedly became enraged after he was denied a cigarette, police said.

A New Jersey bride was attacked by a sword-wielding man who crashed her wedding reception, police said.

Carlos Mejia of New York, a hedge fund manager, was staying at the Grand Cascades Lodge when he approached the bride and her party, according to the Hardyston Police Department. The bride, who was not identified, was sliced in the arm and transported to a hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.

Mejia allegedly became enraged after he asked for a cigarette and was denied, police said. An argument erupted and Mejia began screaming obscenities at the woman and her friends, according to an arrest affidavit, the New Jersey Herald reported. 

Mejia stormed off and went to his room, the document said, and later emerged with a sword, which he swung at the bride, cutting her, and then threatened to kill her, police said.

Witnesses told police Mejia tried to leave the hotel, but was stopped by witnesses, who were able to disarm him until police arrived, authorities said. 

Mejia was charged with aggravated assault with bodily injury, making terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and harassment.

He has been released on bond and it was not clear whether he has retained an attorney.