Police have confirmed that the severed head brought into an Oregon grocery store before a stabbing incident belonged to the mother of the suspect. The incident took place on Mother’s Day. A motive has not yet been determined.
According to Fox News, police said the woman's head belonged to 59-year-old Tina Marie Webb, whose body was found at her home in Colton, Oregon.
Her son, 36-year-old Joshua Webb, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. Authorities said he killed his mother before entering a Thriftway store, carrying his mom's severed head. Joshua Webb then stabbed a checkout clerk, 66-year-old Michael Wagner. The clerk is expected to survive, according to the report.
Joshua Webb’s father said that his son "seemed normal." He stated on Monday that his son had vision problems and lived at home.
After the suspect was arrested, police said he went mute. "He didn't say anything after he was subdued," police said in a Los Angeles Times report. "He was in like a catatonic state, wasn't speaking to anybody. That's why he was transported to the hospital."
[Clackamas County Jail]