In 911 calls, neighbors describe Collingswood horror
WARNING: Audio contains strong language. Mark Lyczak of Medford, is accused of killing Colleen Brownell, 48, and Alysia McCloskey, 41, and critically wounding a third woman during the Dec. 30 attack. Courier-Post
CAMDEN - Authorities released frantic 911 calls Friday from a neighbor reacting to a deadly attack on two stepsisters in Collingswood.
Meanwhile, the man accused of killing Colleen Brownell, 48, and Alysia McCloskey, 41, had a brief appearance in state Superior Court, Camden.
The suspect, 44-year-old Mark Lyczak of Medford, also is accused of critically wounding a third woman during the Dec. 30 attack.
In three 911 calls, neighbors can be heard shouting, screaming and sobbing as a horrifying scene unfolded on a dead-end road decorated for the holidays.
"I'm just driving down the street," said a caller identified as Lesley Sena. "Somebody's hurt! Oh my God, and there's blood everywhere!"“
"My neighbor’s sister is face down on the porch right now,” said another caller, who identified herself as Tamara Hobbs.
“I have no idea what happened,” Hobbs told a dispatcher. "I didn’t hear anything other than my neighbors yelling, ‘Call the police!’”
Later, she exclaimed after apparently getting more information from neighbors on the 100 block of East Narberth Terrace.
"Oh my God!" said Hobbs. "He’s got a knife. … He stabbed her!”
All of the callers pleaded for police and ambulances to rush to the scene, with dispatchers replying they were on their way.
"Please hurry!" said Sena. "He's inside the house and so are they!"
"He's inside! He's inside!"
A third neighbor, Gerald Griffin, said the assailant shouted threats from the porch at one point.
"He's yelling, telling us we're all dead," said Griffin.
Authorities allege Lyczak fatally stabbed McCloskey on the porch of her home, then killed Brownell in the living room.
He is also accused of stabbing a third woman, who survived the 5 p.m. attack. Police responding to the 911 calls found Lyczak sitting on the third woman, according to a probable cause statement for his arrest. She was hospitalized in critical condition.
Brownell had recently moved in with McCloskey in an effort to get away from Lyczak, her former boyfriend, according to friends. She had obtained a final restraining order in July that barred Lyczak from contacting her.
At Friday's court hearing, about 40 people watched as Lyczak was led into a Camden courtroom for a detention hearing.
But Lyczak appeared for less than a minute before Superior Court Judge Edward McBride Jr.
After speaking briefly to public defender Meg Butler, Lyczak was escorted from the courtroom.
After conferring privately with Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Christine Shah, Butler requested a two-week adjournment from McBride. The judge approved the delay, noting Lyczak will remain in Camden County Jail.
Butler and Shah declined to comment after the hearing.
The woman who survived the attack has been described as a friend of Lyczak. She has been identified only as a 44-year-old resident of Burlington County.
Friends said McCloskey had two teenage sons and Brownell had one son.
Several friends of Brownell at the hearing said they would press for tougher restrictions on people under restraining orders. They noted several men who appeared prior to Lyczak left under orders to stay away from victims of alleged domestic violence.
“We only really want to talk about domestic violence,” said Lynn Carpenter, who attended Camden Catholic High School with Brownell. She called for passage of legislation that would allow electronic monitoring of people accused of domestic violence offenses.
Carpenter and three other friends from Camden Catholic's Class of 1987 wore photographs of Brownell to the hearing.
“We were with her last week,” said a solemn Kelly Martinovitch.
She noted a smiling Brownell had been photographed during that gathering as she shared a couch with Martinovitch's dogs. Brownell posted the picture to her Facebook page on Christmas Eve, asking, "How did I get so lucky?"
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