ESCATADA, OR — The Oregon man accused of cutting off his mother’s head on Mother’s Day and carrying it into a grocery store before stabbing a clerk had shown no warning signs before the gruesome attack, according to his father.
Joshua Lee Webb, 36, allegedly killed and decapitated his mother Tina Lee Webb, 59, then traveled to a store 12 miles away in downtown Escatada. Investigators say that when Webb entered the store he was covered in blood, had a large knife, and was carrying a severed human head.
He stabbed one of the workers until other employees pinned him down and waited for law enforcement to arrive. The store worker was taken to the hospital for treatment, and is expected to survive. Webb was booked on charges of murder and attempted murder.
“I never foresaw a problem. If I had, I would have stopped it,” his father David Webb told the Associated Press. “I just can’t believe I lost my wife and son in one day…. I don’t know. I wish I did. 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.”
The elder Webb said that his son had vision problems and had been receiving Social Security payments, but didn’t show signs of any other issues. He also revealed that his son had wanted a dog, so the family bought him one.
Webb was reportedly “catatonic” after his arrest.
Main photo: Joshua Lee Webb [Clackamas County Sheriff]