Joshua Lee Webb, 36, walked into a thrift store this week, covered in blood, and holding something that terrified employees. With his mother’s severed head in one hand, and a large knife in the other, Webb walked into the store and proceeded to stab an employee.
As he was in the store stabbing the employees, police discovered his mother’s body, missing its head, in her home about 10 miles away from the store.
The clerk who was stabbed was a long time employee and well known and well liked by the community. Police are not sure what Webb’s motives were for the two killings.
The Daily Mail reports:
Just minutes after he strolled into the store and grabbed the employee, authorities discovered the body of Webb’s 59-year-old mother, Tina, in her home about 10 miles away.
Police have revealed they believe the two gruesome incidents are connected.
Ernie Roberts, interim police chief in nearby Sandy, Oregon, spoke to reporters Monday about what happened inside the grocery store.
After walking inside, Webb stabbed the worker – who was known by locals as ‘Mike’.
Mike, a white-haired checkout clerk, had worked at the store for years and was beloved by customers for his warm greetings and sense of humor, locals said.
Co-workers raced to Mike’s aid after he was attacked, tackling Webb and pinning him to the ground until police arrived.
Roberts said the 36-year-old attacker did not say anything after he was ‘subdued’ – except for the bizarre moment when he told someone he was thirsty.
‘He was in like a catatonic state, wasn’t speaking to anybody,’ the cop said.
‘That’s why he was transported to the hospital.’
Mike remains in hospital for treatment on the wounds he suffered in the attack, but he is expected to survive.
Soon after the attack, someone called 911 to report that a woman’s body was found at a home in Colton, a short drive south of Estacada.
Police did not say if the body was decapitated.
The attack sent shock waves through the community, and customers were seen stopping off in a steady stream to drop off balloons at a tribute for Mike in front of the store. Many also signed a giant get-well poster.
Webb also remains in hospital.