Police: Colton man carries mother's severed head into Estacada supermarket
Joshua Lee Webb appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since he was arrested on accusations of killing his mother at their Colton home, carrying a severed head into Harvest Market in Estacada and stabbing an employee there on Sunday, May 14.
In the arraignment, Webb, 36, was charged with murder, attempted murder, abuse of a corpse and aggravated animal abuse.
During an interview outside of the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City, Webb's friend Curtis Strandy told reporters with KOIN-6 News, an Estacada News media partner, that he believes his friend will be honest in court.
"If whatever happened happened, he would tell the truth," Strandy said, describing Webb as "a good guy who loved his mother."
Meanwhile the Estacada community is rallying around Michael Wagner, the 66-year-old stabbing victim, and trying to come to terms with horrific acts of violence that played out on Mother's Day in Colton and Estacada.
Lew's Drive-In facilitated a large "Get Well" card that anyone interested could sign and Harvest Market has set up a charitable donation account at U.S. Bank for Wagner's medical expenses. Those who wish to donate can do so at Harvest Market, 280 N. Broadway St., Estacada, or any U.S. Bank location. Employees from multiple Estacada restaurants have donated their tips to the fund. Additionally, all net proceeds from the local American Legion Post's Memorial Day breakfast will benefit Wagner. The breakfast, which is $6 per person, is scheduled for 7-11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Odd Fellows Hall, 267 S.W. Second Street.
Around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 14, a 911 caller told responders that a man, later identified as Webb, had entered Harvest Market, formerly known as Thriftway, on Broadway Street, reportedly "covered in blood" and holding "a knife and what looked like a human head."
Inside the store, Webb is said to have stabbed Wagner, at which time another 911 call was made. Wagner was taken by lifeflight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in North Portland to receive treatment for his injuries. Police and witnesses say Webb stabbed the store employee before being restrained by other store employees until law enforcement reached the scene.
Sandy police officers took Webb into custody after store employees apprehended him.
As of Thursday, Wagner was reported to be recovering well from his surgery and in stable condition.
Jeff O'Neal, president of Harvest Market, described Wagner as an "outstanding individual" and a loyal employee at Harvest Market for 20 years.
"He's a very genuine, nice guy," said O'Neal, who was not at the store when the violence erupted on Sunday. "He's a great person."
Webb is facing an attempted murder charge for the incident at Harvest Market in addition to a murder charge for allegedly killing 59-year-old Tina Marie Webb, his mother. Shortly after the incident in Estacada, responders found Tina Webb deceased in the Colton residence she shared with her son, in the 25000 block of Elwood Road, about 12 miles southwest of Estacada.
Webb spent Sunday night at Legacy Emanuel, and was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on Monday, May 15.
Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts told KOIN that Webb was quiet as store employees held him down.
"He was in like a catatonic state, wasn't speaking to anybody," Roberts said.
Webb's father, David, told The Associated Press that his son, who has vision problems, lived with his parents in their Colton home so they could care for him.
Webb's mother was concerned that her son was depressed, though David Webb told the AP he never noticed symptoms of any mental health concerns.
"I never foresaw a problem," he said during an emotional interview, noting that he would've addressed it if he did. "I just can't believe I lost my wife and son in one day."
David Webb added that he and Tina had recently adopted a dog because Joshua wanted one. A dead dog was also found in the Webb's Colton home, though officials have not released information on how the canine died.
A search for former criminal offenses commited by Joshua Webb only unearthed a Class C violation for unlawful use of metal objects on tires 17 years ago. Webb pleaded guilty and paid a $70 fine.
Because the stabbing incident took place within Estacada city limits, the Sandy Police Department has taken the lead on that part of the investigation. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will lead the murder investigation.
Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine said he was "horrified" on Sunday when he found out about the incident.
"I'm still in shock that something like this could happen," he said. "It's a horrific crime."
Drinkwine praised those who held Webb back prior to the arrival of responders.
"We have good people here," he said. "They showed heroic acts."
The mayor also spoke highly of the outpouring of community support for Wagner.
"(It's) wonderful to see in our community," he said. "We make sure everyone is taken care of. We're a tight-knit community doing the right thing for Harvest Market. I want people here to know that I am proud to be their mayor."
Drinkwine added that the incident was a "wake-up call crime" and suggested that a neighborhood watch group could be valuable. He plans to discuss this further at an upcoming Estacada City Council meeting.
"With a neighborhood watch, this could have been stopped in the (Harvest Market) parking lot," he said. "We need to take care of ourselves and be vigilant."
Harvest Market, the small city's only supermarket, reopened on Tuesday. During an interview that day, O'Neal said most people were still shocked about the incident.
"We're trying to allow the community and our staff to put one foot in front of the other (to reach) healing and normalcy," he said. "This was a senseless and unexplainable incident."
Sue Dumolt, an artist at The Spiral Gallery, said she feels "sorrow for the whole community."
"An act like that hurts everyone," she said. "It hurts very deeply for anyone who knew either person."
A private family service for Tina Webb is planned. Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.