A Minnesota man was formally charged on Friday with murdering his girlfriend, who was reportedly found decapitated on a public sidewalk on Wednesday.
Alexis Saborit, 42, is accused of beheading America Thayer, 55, whose body was discovered at an intersection in Shakopee. WCCO reported that Saborit fled on foot after attacking Thayer and pushing her out of a vehicle.
Officers arrested Saborit shortly after the incident. A sheath for a large knife, possibly a machete, was reportedly recovered a few feet from the crime scene. A machete was discovered in a garden near the intersection, while a second knife was found in a nearby recycling bin. WCCO reported that the bin also contained clothing.
According to the news outlet, Saborit said he and Thayer were en route to a court date for Saborit when Thayer said she wanted to end their relationship, prompting Saborit to attack her.
As Crime Online previously reported, Thayer’s head and decapitated body, with multiple stab wounds, were found lying next to a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thayer and Saborit were reportedly in a long-term relationship.
Court records from Scott County indicated that Saborit is also facing charges of arson and obstructing a police officer. He also has a 2017 conviction for domestic assault in Carver County.
Police have denounced the circulation of a video that apparently shows part of Wednesday’s attack. Crime Online has reviewed the footage, but will not be posting it due to its extremely graphic nature.
[Featured image: America Thayer/Facebook; Alexis Saborit/Scott County Jail]