Man carrying severed head attacks grocery store worker

Posted at 3:59 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 15:59:11-04

ESTACADA, OR (KPTV/CNN) - Police say a man carrying a severed human head walked into a grocery store and stabbed an employee.

The employee's injuries necessitated an airlift to a Portland hospital.

A woman in the store at the time of the attack said she knows the man who was stabbed, and he is a friend to many people in the community that doesn't see much crime, let alone one of this nature.

Following the attack in the grocery store, several employees held the attacker down until police arrived.

But the stabbing isn't the only part of this crime.

Police discovered a woman's body 10 miles away, and investigators say the scenes are linked. It isn't known how they reached that conclusion.

"They are devastated," Estacada resident William Huxley said. "You feel it coming through the community. It's devastating. It will tear this community apart."

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