Man holding human head stabs store clerk; mother found dead

Erika Turner
May 16, 2017

When he entered the small grocery store, he was covered in blood, had a large "kitchen-type" knife and was carrying what appeared to be a severed human head, authorities said. Deputies confirmed Webb's mother, 59-year-old Tina Marie Webb, had been killed.

The suspect in the stabbing, 36-year-old Joshua Lee Webb, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Pictured Colton, Oregon man, Joshua Lee Webb police bookings photo.

Police responded to a 911 call from the Harvest Market Thriftway in Estacada at 2:14 p.m. Sunday after the man walked in and stabbed an employee.

Deputies said the two incidents are connected, and that with the suspect in custody, there was no threat to the public, though further details were being withheld as the investigation continued.

The man then stabbed an employee of the store.

Customers who had been in the grocery store during the stabbing took refuge in the diner Sunday, but nobody had seen much, said Marvin Flora, the diner's owner.

Police believe the man is the suspect in a murder that occurred earlier, about 10 miles from the store.

The gruesome and freakish chain of events began Sunday afternoon when Webb entered the Thriftway grocery store covered in blood and armed with "what looked like a large kitchen type of knife", Roberts said. Once inside, he stabbed a store employee, who was flown to a hospital, according to Sandy Police. The suspect is listed in stable condition at a hospital and is expected to be booked into jail later Monday. The suspect and victims were not immediately identified.

Cops said a woman found dead around 3 a rural home 20 miles south of the stabbing, in Colton, was the initial victim.

Police did not say whether the body was headless.

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