An armed man accused of slaying his mother on Mother’s Day walked into an Oregon grocery store covered in blood and carrying a severed head on Sunday.
Employees at the Harvest Market Thriftway in Estacada tackled the knife-wielding suspect, Joshua Lee Webb, 36, to the ground after he then attacked a checkout clerk, stabbing him just before 2:30 p.m.
Minutes after the attack, a 911 caller told police that Webb’s mother was found dead in a rural home 20 miles south of the grocery store, in Colton.
Police would not confirm if the head belonged to Webb’s mother or if the body had been decapitated. The woman was identified as Tina Marie Webb, 59, and her autopsy is pending.
The wounded employee’s co-workers held Webb down while waiting for police. The victim was airlifted from the small logging town to a Portland hospital about 25 miles northwest of the store, according to KATU-TV. He is expected to survive.
Police did not identify the clerk but homemade signs laid outside the store said, “Get well soon, Mike.”
Webb faces murder and attempted murder charges in the bloody Mother’s Day attacks.
Police said Webb was silent and in “a catatonic state” after being apprehended.
Webb’s father, David Webb, said his slain wife believed their son was depressed but he never anticipated such a gruesome string of events.
“I never foresaw a problem. If I had I would have stopped it,” David Webb said, sobbing during an interview with the Associated Press. “I just can’t believe I lost my wife and son in one day.”
“I wish I had some answers, but I don’t. I waited all my life to retire with my wife, and now I can’t. That’s all I know,” he added.
The distraught father said Webb had vision problems and lived with them at their Colton home. He received Social Security payments.
Witness Kristin Courtain saw the stabbing aftermath and told KOIN-TV that panicked shoppers caused a traffic jam while rushing to leaving the store’s parking lot.
“I hope this person, the suspect, gets the help, honest to God, the help he needs,” Courtain told the TV station.
With News Wire Services