Man charged with murder after woman found beheaded in Shakopee |

Man charged with murder after woman found beheaded in Shakopee

Man charged with murder after woman found beheaded in Shakopee Photo: Chopper 5.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: July 30, 2021 02:57 PM
Created: July 30, 2021 02:46 PM

A 42-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after a woman was found dead in Shakopee.

Alexis Saborit, of Shakopee, has been charged with second-degree murder with intent but without premeditation.

A criminal complaint details the following:

Wednesday, the Shakopee Police Department responded to the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street on a report that a man was seen pushing a headless body out of vehicle at the intersection.

When officers arrived at the intersection, they found the body lying next to a vehicle with a head nearby.

America Mafalda Thayer, 55, of Shakopee, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the vehicle was found to have been registered in her name.

Some officers at the scene knew Thayer and knew her to be in a relationship with a man who matched the suspect description provided by witnesses. Officers searched the area for the man and for evidence.

Near the scene, officers found an empty sheath that appeared to be for a machete-style knife. Additionally, inside a recycling bin in a nearby alley, officers found a white shirt, white shoes—both with what appeared to be a "blood-like substance" on them—and a knife.

Officers obtained cellphone video from a witness and confirmed the clothing found matched the clothing worn by the suspect.

While searching, officers found the man walking near Highway 101.

The man, later identified as Saborit, was taken into custody.

Saborit has made his first court appearance and his bail was set at $2.5 million. His next court appearance is August 9.

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