Man accused of beheading Minnesota woman has history of domestic abuse

Alexis Saborit, the man accused of beheading a Minnesota woman earlier this week, had a history of domestic abuse, records show.

The 42-year-old is currently being held in the Scott County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.

A disturbing video emerged on Wednesday capturing a 55-year-old woman being decapitated by an attacker who then threw her body into a street in Shakopee.

The body of America Mafalda Thayer was later found on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds, Shakopee Police Department said in a statement released on Thursday. Her head was reportedly laying next to her body near a car, according to a search warrant cited by local outlets.

Officers also discovered a knife sheath in a nearby yard and a knife in an alley trash can.

Police believe Saborit was in a long-term relationship with Thayer, and that the killing wasn't a random act of violence, ABC5 reported.

Investigators have also confirmed they believe Saborit knew his victim and this wasn't a random act.

Court records revealed that Saborit was previously convicted of gross misdemeanor domestic assault, Fox9 reported. In U.S. law, gross misdemeanors are considered more serious than regular misdemeanor crimes.

Thayer was a Cuban immigrant who worked at the local Dollar Tree and MyPillow in Shakopee. Domestic abuse had been an ongoing problem between her and Saborit, a coworker told SW News Media.

Faith Howie, a friend and neighbor of Thayer, recalled that the 55-year-old had come to her apartment looking for help about a month ago.

"She came around 1:30, 2 in the morning and knocked. She goes, 'Can I sleep here tonight? I'm afraid he is going to get up and start in again," Howie told Fox9.

Previous Domestic Assault Charges

Court records reveal Saborit was convicted on domestic assault charges in 2017 and was currently facing arson charges for allegedly trying to burn his apartment down in 2020, the publication added.

In a disturbing twist, video of the attack circulated online moments after the brutal incident took place.

"We are aware that a bystander took a video of this incident," Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate told Bring Me the News, a Minnesota news website. "We have that video. It is deeply disturbing that the first instinct was to post that on social media."

Saborit has yet to be charged, but formal charges are expected to be filed on Friday morning.

The Shakopee Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the case.

Newsweek has contacted the Shakopee Police Department for comment.

Approximately one in four women and one in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Nearly half of the women murdered in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018 were killed by a current or former intimate partner, The Washington Post wrote in a 2018 article. In an analysis of five cities, nearly one third of the male murderers were known to be a potential threat ahead of the attack.

Man accused of beheading Minnesota woman has history of domestic abuse
A file photo of a man with a knife. A 55-year-old, America Mafalda Thayer, was killed and her body was dumped with stab wounds on a sidewalk in Shakopee, Minnesota. BrianAJackson/Getty