A 36-year-old man carrying his mother’s severed human head allegedly stabbed an employee at a grocery store in Estacada, Oregon on Sunday.
Joshua Lee Webb of Colton is the suspect that entered the Estacada Harvest Market Thriftway Sunday afternoon and stabbed the store employee.
The stabbing was in connection with the murder of his mother, 59-year-old Tina Marie Webb, on Mother’s Day. Her decapitated body was found at the family home about 12-miles away from the grocery store.
Webb was booked into Clackamas County Jail on May 15 and has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
A motive for the two incidents hasn’t yet been disclosed.
Estacada is a small city located about 30 miles southeast of Portland. Its estimated population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was 3,152 people in 2015
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Webb Walked Into the Store Bloodied With the Head In his Hand
Sandy Police and deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriffs Department responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday from the Harvest Market Thriftway store. The emergency call said employees at the store had detained Webb after he stabbed someone inside.
Webb allegedly entered the store covered in blood, wielding an 8-inch knife in one hand and clutching a human head in another.
Police said that once he entered, Webb ran to the back of the store. Once there, he encountered longtime employee Michael Wagner, reportedly telling him, “You better run.”
Webb stabbed Wagner at least seven times, but the employee was able to tackle him while other employees kicked him and got the knife away. Webb was subdued by the employees — with his hands taped together — until deputies arrived on scene and brought him into custody.
Webb was reportedly in a “catatonic state” when he was detained and didn’t speak to anyone.
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2. Authorities Found His Mother Decapitated at a Nearby Home After the Stabbing
About 20 minutes after responding to the initial 9-1-1 call at the grocery store, police said they received another call about a deceased woman inside of a home in Colton, a town about 12 miles to the southwest of Estacada.
Deputies from Oregon State Police and the Molalla Police Department found the woman, Webb’s mother Tina, decapitated inside of the home where the family lived on Ellwood Road.
The emergency call came from one of Webb’s sisters, who was visiting their home for Mother’s Day and found her Tina’s headless body on the floor inside the home.
Webb’s father, David, wasn’t home when his son killed Tina. He told The Oregonian that he was — understandably —
still in shock.
“My wife was wonderful,” he said to the paper. “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.”
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3. Wagner Is Expected to Survive From His Injuries
Wagner was stabbed in his abdomen numerous times and was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency treatment. He’s expected to survive from his injuries.
Sandy Interim Police Chief Ernie Roberts told KGW that he will make a full recovery from the stabbing.
Webb was taken into custody and then to a hospital for an evaluation, primarily because he wouldn’t speak. He was treated at the hospital and released in the afternoon May 15, being booked and processed at the Clackamas County Jail.
“As soon as we learned it was Mike, it puts a knot in your stomach when it’s somebody you know like that and especially when it’s somebody as nice as Mike,” Marvin Flora, owner of nearby Lew’s Drive-In, told KGW.
4. Webb Doesn’t Have a Criminal Record In Oregon
A search of Webb’s criminal history in Oregon doesn’t show up any results other than an “unlawful use of metal objects on tires” citation in 2000.
Webb pleaded guilty to the citation and was issued a fine of $39.
Webb’s Facebook profile is absent of photos and much information aside from pictures of his dog. The “introduction” section of his page says, “I love everyone,” and his last post was May 5 about nice weather in the area.
Another entry on his Facebook says, “when you cant sleep apart and anything life throws at you isnt too much to be with her ,yep thats where im at,” likely in reference to to his girlfriend.
A neighbor of the Webbs told The Oregonian that his girlfriend had just recently moved out of Oregon, calling him an “OK guy.” The neighbor said that Webb suffered from an eye condition, which led to him struggling to find steady work.
Webb lived with his parents on their rural property and performed odd jobs around the neighborhood.
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5. The Community Has Come Together to Memorialize Webb’s Victims
The circumstances surrounding the matter have raised many eyebrows on social media and with residents of the community.
One woman put a sign out with a box full of candles outside of the store after the stabbing occurred. She wrote “you are the heart of this community. Our prayers are with all of you.” Other customers and residents dropped off balloons at the store as a tribute.
Residents and witnesses expressed shock over the attack.
“We saw panicking people rushing for their vehicles, vehicles trying to get out all at one time,” ,” witness Kristin Courtain said to KOIN. “I hope the person, honest to God, the suspect gets the help he needs.”