Man Walks Into Grocery Store Carrying Woman’s Head, Starts Stabbing People

Jeremy Webb was carrying a woman's head when he attacked people with a knife.

Jeremy Webb was carrying a woman’s head when he attacked people with a knife.

Jeremy Webb Arrested After Stabbing Grocery Store Employee While Carrying Human Head

Estacada, OR – A man walked into the Harvest Market Thriftway grocery store, covered in blood, carrying a knife in one hand and a human head in the other, and stabbed a store employee.

According to Oregon Live, the incident occurred about 2:14 PM on Sunday, May 14.  While carrying a severed woman’s head, Joshua Webb stabbed an employee before being tackled and held down by others until law enforcement arrived.

Sandy police officers and Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call and took the suspect in custody. The man was reported to be “catatonic” when he was taken into custody.

“We saw panicking people rushing for their vehicles, vehicles trying to get out all at one time,” witness Kristin Courtain told KOIN 6. “I hope the person, honest to God, the suspect gets the help he needs,” Courtain said.

Both Webb and the employee were taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment.  Joshua Webb remains there for evaluation.  The employee, who was also not named, is in critical condition.

Interim Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts said that he couldn’t confirm if the suspect had an actual human head.

A second 911 call was received about 20 minutes after the first 911 call, with a report of a woman dead inside a home on Ellwood Road in Colton.  Deputies and officers responded to that location and found Webb’s mother dead. Presumably, the head that Joshua Webb was carrying belonged to his mother.

The Sandy Police Department is investigating the stabbing that occurred at Thriftway, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the woman’s death.

No further details including a motive are known.