A woman’s head was severed with a sword in San Carlos Thursday, authorities with knowledge of the investigation told NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit.
The suspect, identified as a man who returned to the scene, was arrested in connection with the woman’s death, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies near the intersection of Laurel Street and Magnolia Avenue were flagged down at about 11:50 a.m. by witnesses who reported an assault in progress, the sheriff’s office said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the woman dead.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eamonn Allen said during an afternoon media briefing a “stabbing instrument” was used, but he did not provide further details as the weapon is still outstanding.
“Anytime someone loses their life, it’s certainly a tragedy,” Allen said. “As far as the shocking nature of it, I do know that the deputies that first arrived on scene were a little beset by the scene. We are providing them peer support. We are also providing support for the witnesses that were on scene as well because there were several civilian witnesses.”
The suspect and victim knew each other, the sheriff’s office said, but the exact nature of their relationship wasn’t immediately known.
The sheriff’s office said the incident is believed to be isolated, adding that there was no outstanding threat to the community.
An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Brandt with the sheriff’s office at 650-333-8195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Source: NBC Bay Area