An Oregon man from Clackamas County, Joshua Lee Webb, 36, of Colton, who allegedly killed his mother on Mother’s Day, then walked into the Harvest Market Thriftway grocery store in Estacada, carrying what witnesses said looked like a decapitated human head in one hand and eight-inch-long knife in the other one. Witnesses, and the local police, stated that Webb then ran towards the rear of the grocery store, where he allegedly stabbed a store clerk who was well-known in the small town of Estacada up to seven times.
When Joshua Webb entered the grocery store in downtown Estacada, Oregon, witnesses said he was covered in blood, according to The Oregonian. A customer screamed, which alerted other customers in the store.
OregonLive.com reported that Webb told the store clerk, Mike, that he had “better run.” The employee’s last name has not been released yet. According to ABC affiliate WTVM, the sales clerk is a white-haired man who is much beloved by store customers for his sense of humor and for his warm greetings.
Webb allegedly stabbed the store clerk multiple times, but the employee was still able to help tackle the suspect. Other employees at the Estacada, Oregon, Harvest Market Thriftway grocery store kicked and beat Webb, and finally managed to subdue him and get Webb’s knife away from him. The Daily Mail reported that witnesses and the police described the knife as being “a large kitchen knife.”
They wrapped duct tape around Webb’s hands and feet to ensure he was under control while they waited for police officers to arrive on the scene. There was a bizarre moment when the suspect said he “was thirsty.”
The wounded store clerk was given first aid by another store employee and he transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. According to Fox 17, the store clerk was transported by air, and he underwent surgery at the hospital. Authorities at the hospital and friends of the store clerk stated he is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
When the police arrived on the scene at the Harvest Market Thriftway grocery store, Webb was described as being almost “catatonic” by Interim Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts. Police from Sandy, Oregon, found the knife with Webb that witnesses said he had with him, but would not confirm that he had been carrying a human head in his other hand.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nate Thompson said that Webb was carrying something that “appeared to be a severed human head.” Thompson has since stated that Tina Webb’s “head was recovered at the Thriftway market.”
The store clerk, who generally works as a cashier but also helps out with other jobs around the grocery store, was stabbed in his sternum and his stomach. The stabbing is being investigated by the Sandy police, who serve the town of Estacada, while the murder of the suspect’s mother is being investigated by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 2:14 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the police received a 911 phone call from the Estacada grocery store. Around 20 minutes after that the police received another 911 call about a woman who was found dead in Colton, “inside a home on Elwood Road.”
On Monday, May 15, Clackamas County sheriff’s officials said the dead woman was identified as Tina Marie Webb, 59, the mother of the suspect. Joshua Webb had resided in the same house.
Clackamas County medical examiner officials have not released Tina Webb’s cause of death. The deceased woman’s husband, David Webb, stated “he didn’t know what happened.”
David Webb talked about his wife of “almost 41 years.” He described her as being “wonderful.” He said that Joshua was their son, and he had never seen “a problem” with him. He added, “Evidently there was one.”
Joshua Webb has no criminal history of committing violent acts in Oregon. Estacada, Oregon, located around 30 miles southeast of Portland, has a population of approximately 2,700. Locals have left candles and Get Well signs at the grocery store for Mike.
Witnesses in Estacada, Oregon, stated that they saw Joshua Webb entering the Harvest Market Thriftway grocery store in Estacada, on Mother’s Day, carrying what looked like a decapitated human head in one hand and eight-inch-long knife in the other one. Webb, reportedly covered in blood, went to the rear of the store, where he allegedly stabbed a store clerk multiple times. The head of Tina Webb, the suspect’s mother, was recovered at the Thriftway grocery store. Webb is now in custody at the Clackamas County Jail where he could be facing charges of attempted murder and murder.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff