Police officers in Shakopee, Minnesota arrived yesterday afternoon to the aftermath of a beheading of a MyPillow employee. Witnesses saw the attack as it happened, and purported video footage documenting the act cropped up online.
Today, authorities confirmed they detained an alleged perpetrator. They apprehended him within an hour by following on a description given by one of the first responders.
The details from local reporting by FOX 9 identified the beheading victim as 55-year-old America Mafalda Thayer. They cite a search warrant describing how investigators found a large knife sheath in a "nearby yard," as well as coming across a knife in a trash can near the area.
"The victim’s head was lying next to the body," is what’s described.
As for the suspect? "FOX 9 does not typically identify suspects until they are formally charged," the outlet says.
However, the press release announcement does name them. They’re named as 42-year-old Alexis Saborit, held in custody at Scott County Jail on second-degree murder charges.
Officials believe that the suspect and victim had a pre-existing relationship and that it wasn’t a random act of violence.
FOX 9 elaborates on that point. "A coworker said Thayer worked at the Dollar Tree in Shakopee as well as at MyPillow. They said the victim had been in a long-term relationship with the suspect and domestic abuse had been a consistent problem."
Background information and other details were posted by Crime Watch Minneapolis (@CrimeWatchMpls) on Twitter.
They say Alexis Saborit is also facing previous charges of property damage, arson, and obstruction. The presiding judge, Richard C. Perkins, allegedly ignored claims of mental illness brought forward to the court and was somehow released back into the public.
Crime Watch Minneapolis follows up by reporting Saborit’s 2017 gross misdemeanor conviction was against the same person that ended up beheaded yesterday, which cited sources familiar with the matter.