“WOODBURY – A Clayton man is charged with murder for the alleged slashing that killed Joseph Pirri during a road rage incident in Deptford last month.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of Everett E. Moore Jr. 54, at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Moore, a construction worker from Clayton, was arrested at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at a Williamstown service station by prosecutor’s office officers, Monroe Township police and U.S. Marshals.
He is charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses and is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge Thursday.
“This really serious road rage case … is something that never ever happens in Gloucester County,” Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore said.
Fiore would not reveal if Moore has any prior criminal conviction.
Pirri, 32, was “just trying to get home” during a nor’easter on March 7 when he was allegedly attacked.
The Blackwood man survived long enough to describe the incident to 911 dispatchers and describe his attacker, Fiore said.
On the 911 call, Pirri told dispatchers “a guy passed me and I flipped him off … he got out and ran up with a knife, put it through my window and cut me,” according to police reports on the incident.
Pirri said his attacker was a black man between 30 and 40 years old. At the time of the incident, the suspect wore a gray vest and jeans. The suspect drove a white-over-tan Ford King Ranch pickup truck with a crew cab and a bed-mounted toolbox, Pirri told police.
The pickup truck drove away “in an aggressive manner” on southbound Tanyard Road, before turning right on Barnsboro Road, the prosecutor’s office said last month.
Authorities said the truck took Woodbury-Glassboro Road and Route 47 to Clayton.
The prosecutor said Moore was not driving the truck when he was arrested. Moore owns several vehicles, Fiore said.
Pirri was allegedly slashed in the face while he was stopped on the snowy road in his Nissan Versa. He sustained a “severe incised wound” to the left side of his face, the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor would not describe what had occurred before Moore’s vehicle allegedly passed Pirri illegally and pulled to a stop in front of Pirri’s Nissan. Police claim he then attacked Pirri with a “sharp instrument.”
“Bleeding profusely from the assault, (Pirri) exited his vehicle to summon help from nearby residents,” Fiore said.
Pirri died on March 15, spurring the prosecutor’s office to rule his death a homicide.
Investigators, searching for Pirri’s allaged attacker for more than a month, collected footage from more than 20 security cameras in the area of Tanyard Road and Mail Avenue, including video from Gateway Regional High School, according to police.
The footage “put the defendant in the area at the time of the incident,” Fiore said.
Police received information about Moore shortly after the alleged slashing. Additional information was obtained by by police through a search warrant of Moore’s phone records, according to authorities.
Pirri was married with two children. His wife Megan Pirri stood next to the prosecutor. Pirri’s family wore green “Justice for Joe” T-shirts with the man’s smiling photo.
The day of the incident, Megan Pirro said her husband had helped another motorist who was stuck in the snow. He saved lives, she added, by donating his organs after his death.
“My husband was an amazing man,” she said. “He loved his family more than anything. His son, stepdaughter and I were his world. And he was ours and still is.”