Crime

Man Decapitates Mother On Mother's Day, Stabs Worker

| by Jonathan Constante

An Oregon man is accused of decapitating his own mother on Mother's Day, taking her severed head into supermarket, and stabbing an employee with a kitchen knife.

Joshua Lee Webb, 36, walked into a local supermarket on May 14 drenched in blood, the Daily Mail reported. He then stabbed an employee known as "Mike" to residents in the community with an 8-inch kitchen knife.

Mike's coworkers were able to restrain Joshua. They tackled the suspect, pinned him to the ground and waited for police to arrive. 

Investigators confirmed on May 15 that Joshua was holding his own mother's decapitated head when he entered the store, Oregon Live reported.

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Tina Marie Webb, 59, was murdered at the family's home, police said. One of the suspect's sisters, who was visiting for the holiday, discovered her headless body on the floor of the home, neighbors said.

The sister asked neighbors to call the police. She also said she found her brother's dog dead on the kitchen counter.

"This is just a nightmare," one of the neighbors told Oregon Live. "It's something you wouldn't imagine someone would do."

Interim police chief Ernie Roberts told reporters that Joshua did not say anything after he was "subdued." He said Joshua only spoke at one bizarre moment when he told someone that he was feeling thirsty.

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"He was in like a catatonic state, wasn't speaking to anybody," Roberts said. "That's why he was transported to the hospital."

Mike is currently recovering from injuries in the hospital. He is expected to survive.

The employee was well known in the community for his warm greetings and sense of humor. Several locals stopped by to drop off balloons at a tribute for Mike in front of the supermarket. Many customers also signed a giant get well soon poster.

"He's such a happy-go-lucky guy," said Timmer Robertson, 62. "He'll sit and tell you which vegetables to get and which ones not to. Really nice guy. No one around here will have a bad thing to say about him."

Joshua's father, David Webb, was not home at the time his wife was murdered, police said.

"My wife was wonderful," David said during a phone interview with Oregon Live. "I've been married to her for almost 41 years. Joshua was our son. I never saw a problem. Evidently there was one. I don't know. I start crying every time I think about it."

Sources: Daily Mail, Oregon Live / Photo credit: Pixabay

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