Suspect, 42, arrested after woman BEHEADED and ‘bloody body’ dumped on street


A MAN was arrested for allegedly “beheading and dumping the ‘bloody body’ of a Minnesota woman on the street,” police said.

Disturbing footage circulating online appeared to show the moment America Thayer, 55, was dragged from her car and attacked before her body was left on the pavement in Shakopee, Minneapolis, on Wednesday.

Police said Alexis Saborit, 42, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder after her grisly death as officers recovered a large knife in an alley near the scene.

Thayer and Saborit were reportedly in a relationship with each other and cops said it was “not a random act.”

Thayer worked at Dollar Tree and My Pillow, where co-workers claimed she was allegedly domestically abused by the suspect, KMSP reported.

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  • LOCAL LED POLICE TO THE MURDER WEAPON

    A local resident helped cops locate the weapon allegedly used to kill Thayer, with the statement adding that her dog had found a knife in a garden near the intersection of Spencer Street and 4th Avenue.

    MSN News reports that the statement says cops noted a black handle sticking up from the ground, concealed in a bush.

    The knife was almost entirely concealed in the dirt and difficult to see, the court document adds. It was described as a black machete with a partially serrated edge.

    The blade was covered with what cops described as a blood-like substance and there appeared to be strands of hair on the blade.

    The knife also appeared to fit the sheath found at the crime scene, the document claims.

  • THAYER’S FINAL MOMENTS

    On Wednesday, Thayer and Saborit were together earlier in the day and went to the park.

    He told investigators they were going to go to his court appearance together.

    On the way to court, Thayer allegedly told Saborit that she wanted to “get rid” of him and end their relationship, the statement adds.

    He allegedly told cops he used a knife to kill Thayer because she had “gone too far” in her alleged abuse of him and in her comments about ending their relationship.

  • MOTIVE FOR FATAL ATTACK UNCONFIRMED BY AUTHORITIES

    Prosecutors allege Alexis Saborit, 42, fatally attacked America Thayer, 56, on Wednesday afternoon at an intersection in Shakopee.

    He was charged with murder on Friday for allegedly beheading the woman while they were in a car in traffic.

    Authorities have not said what motivated the attack, but Saborit has a criminal history that includes a domestic assault conviction for an attack against Thayer in 2017.

    At that time, she said they had been dating for seven years.

  • TWISTED KILLING

    Alexis Saborit has allegedly admitted beheading his girlfriend after she reportedly tried to break up with him, claim police.

    America Thayer, 55, was brutally dragged from her car and decapitated before her body was left on the pavement in Shakopee, Minneapolis.

    Credit: Scott County Sheriff’s Office
  • SABORIT ARRESTED FOLLOWING THAYER’S DEATH

    Horrifying footage that circulated online appeared to show the moment the victim was dragged from her car and attacked before her body was dumped in the street in Shakopee, Minneapolis, on Wednesday.

    One day later, police said Alexis Saborit, 42, had been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder following the death of 55-year-old America Mafalda Thayer.

    Officers recovered a large knife in an alley near the scene.

    The two are said to have been in a relationship with each other and cops alleged it was “not a random act.”

  • THAYER AND SABORIT WENT TO THE PARK BEFORE DEATH

    On Wednesday, Alexis Saborit and America Thayer were together earlier in the day and went to the park.

    He told investigators they were going to go to his court appearance together.

    On the way to court, Thayer allegedly told Saborit that she wanted to “get rid” of him and end their relationship, the statement for court adds.

    He allegedly told cops he used a knife to kill Thayer because she had “gone too far” in her alleged abuse of him and in her comments about ending their relationship.

  • DOMESTIC ASSAULT CONVICTION AGAINST THAYER

    Authorities have not said what motivated the attack, but Saborit has a criminal history that includes a domestic assault conviction for an attack against Thayer in 2017.

    At that time, she said they had been dating for seven years.

    In the police statement submitted to court, it says that he and Thayer had been dating for several years.

  • TWISTED KILLING

    Alexis Saborit has allegedly admitted beheading his girlfriend after she reportedly tried to break up with him, claim police.

    America Thayer, 55, was brutally dragged from her car and decapitated before her body was left on the pavement in Shakopee, Minneapolis.

    Prosecutors allege Alexis Saborit, 42, fatally attacked America Thayer, 56, on Wednesday afternoon at an intersection in Shakopee.

    He was charged with murder on Friday for allegedly beheading the woman while they were in a car in traffic.

  • SABORIT APPEARED TO ADMIT TO KILLING THAYER BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO BREAK UP

    Saborit appeared to admit to police that he killed Thayer because she wanted to break up.

    “On the way to court, Victim told the Defendant she wanted to get rid of the Defendant and end her relationship with him. The Defendant said he used a knife to kill Victim because she had “gone too far” in her abuse of him and in her comments about ending their relationship,” the court document read.

  • THAYER WAS ‘SABORIT’S BIGGEST ADVOCATE’

    Thayer’s murder was apparently committed at about the same time that Saborit was meant to appear in court for his arson charge, which Thayer had previously bailed him out on.

    There was also an assault case against Saborit for allegedly assaulting Thayer, Raguse reported.

  • MOMENT THAYER’S BODY WAS ‘DUMPED’ CAUGHT ON VIDEO

    “The actual dumping of the body was captured on video by a homeowner who was cleaning her house at that time,” Raguse reported.

    “She gave it to police, then said she sent it to three friends, and one of their boyfriends put it on social media. I interviewed this woman as well.”

  • MACHETE FOUND NEAR THAYER’S BODY

    Raguse reported that on a previous arson charge, Saborit had a machete on his person.

    Witnesses said there was a bloodied machete near the scene of Thayer’s murder.

  • SABORIT ASKED TO BE DEPORTED INSTEAD OF FACING TRIAL

    “Saborit also asked the judge if he could be deported to his own country instead of standing trial. The judge said no and set his bail at $2.5 million,” reporter Lou Raguse said.

  • ‘I’M INNOCENT’ SUSPECT CLAIMS IN COURT

    At a bail hearing today, Alexis Saborit claimed he was innocent, according to a reporter who was at the scene.

    “Through a Spanish interpreter, he told the judge, ‘I’m innocent. It was self-defense’ and claimed he was the victim of attempted extortion and murder,” the reporter said.

  • NO SHOW FOR COURT DATE

    On the day Alexis Saborit allegedly committed the atrocious murder, he was scheduled to appear in court but did not show up.

    The 42-year-old had a history of domestic abuse, America Mafilda Thayer’s former colleagues have said, while court documents obtained by FOX 9 show he had been previously convicted of gross misdemeanor domestic assault in 2017.

    It’s also understood America fled to a neighbor’s house in the middle of the night fearing for her life a month before her death.

  • A ‘DANGER TO SOCIETY’

    Alexis Saborit – the man who beheaded his partner America Thayer in broad daylight – was freed on bail despite being a “danger to society.”

    The Minnesota man was out on bail for arson and property damage for allegedly trying to burn down his apartment when he killed America.

    One Twitter user dredged up a ruling by Judge Richard C. Perkins ordering Saborit’s release in March despite the defense’s claim he was mentally ill and that his release would “endanger safety of any person or the community.”

  • ‘DEEPLY DISTURBING THAT VIDEO WAS POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA’ – COPS

    Cops took action after horrific footage of a body being dragged out of car was shared on social media.

    Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate told Bring Me The News: “We are aware that a bystander took a video of this incident.

    “We have that video. It is deeply disturbing that the first instinct was to post that on social media.

    “This woman has a son, has a family and people that care about her and the last place anyone should find out about a tragedy involving a loved one is via social media.

    “Thankfully we were able to apprehend this individual quickly.”

  • ‘HE WILL KILL ME’

    At the time of the attack, Saborit was missing a court hearing in Scott County.

    This was related to allegations that he set fire to his second-story apartment in November during a confrontation with police in Shakopee.

    At one point during that standoff, Saborit brandished a machete.

    Fox 9 reporter Mary McGuire tweeted that she had spoken with a former co-worker of Thayer who said the woman had been “in a long term relationship with the suspect and domestic abuse had been a consistent problem”.

    McGuire added: “When asked by the co-worker why she didn’t leave, Thayer said ‘If I leave, he will kill me’.”

  • WHERE WAS ALEXIS SABORIT ARRESTED?

    Alexis Saborit was arrested about one-and-a-half miles (2.41km) away from the scene, about three blocks from a hotel where he was staying.

    “Thankfully we were able to apprehend this individual quickly,” said Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate.

    According to court documents, several people saw the fatal attack.

  • BODY DRAGGED FROM CAR

    According to court documents, several people saw the attack.

    One witness a few cars behind Thayer’s allegedly saw Saborit make a hitting motion while sitting behind the wheel, then throw something.

    The witness said they then saw Saborit drag what looked like a body out of the car.

    Another person recorded video through a residential window that appeared to show Saborit pull Thayer out of the car and then pick up her head by the hair.

  • ALEXIS SABORIT DENIES MURDER IN COURT

    Accused murderer Alexis Saborit, of Shakopee, appeared in Scott County court on Friday.

    At a bail hearing, he claimed he was innocent, according to a reporter who was at the scene.

    “Through a Spanish interpreter, he told the judge, ‘I’m innocent. It was self-defense’ and claimed he was the victim of attempted extortion and murder,” the reporter said.

  • HEADLESS BODY OF AMERICA THAYER FOUND

    According to the police complaint and a search warrant affidavit, cops were told that a body with no head had been pulled out of a car belonging to America Thayer.

    They were also told that a suspicious man was seen walking in a nearby alley.

    Police arrived to find Thayer’s headless body on the ground, next to her bloodied car.

    Her head was a foot away. A machete-style knife, bloody shirt and shoes were found in an alley a few blocks away, the Star Tribune reported.

  • WEAPON FOUND NEAR BLOODY SCENE – COURT DOCUMENTS

    A local resident helped cops locate the weapon allegedly used to kill Thayer, with the statement adding that her dog had found a knife in a garden near the intersection of Spencer Street and 4th Avenue.

    MSN News reports that the statement says cops noted a black handle sticking up from the ground, concealed in a bush.

    The knife was almost entirely concealed in the dirt and difficult to see, the court document adds.

    It was described as a black machete with a partially serrated edge.

    The blade was covered with what cops described as a blood-like substance and there appeared to be strands of hair on the blade.

    The knife also appeared to fit the sheath found at the crime scene, the document claims.

  • DATING FOR ‘YEARS’ – COURT DOCUMENT

    In the police statement submitted to court, it says that Saborit and Thayer had been dating for several years.

    On Wednesday, they were together earlier in the day and went to the park.

    He told investigators they were going to go to his court appearance together.

    On the way to court, Thayer allegedly told Saborit that she wanted to “get rid” of him and end their relationship, the statement adds.

    He allegedly told cops he used a knife to kill Thayer because she had “gone too far” in her alleged abuse of him and in her comments about ending their relationship.

  • ALEXIS SABORIT CHARGED WITH MURDER

    Prosecutors allege Alexis Saborit, 42, fatally attacked America Thayer, 56, on Wednesday afternoon at in intersection in Shakopee.

    He was charged with murder on Friday for allegedly beheading the woman while they were in a car in traffic.

    Authorities have not said what motivated the attack, but Saborit has a criminal history that includes a domestic assault conviction for an attack against Thayer in 2017.

    At that time, she said they had been dating seven years.





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