UPDATE: San Carlos suspect allegedly beheaded victim after she threatened to expose him raping a child

UPDATE: San Carlos suspect allegedly beheaded victim after she threatened to expose him raping a child

San Carlos suspect allegedly beheaded victim after she threatened to expose him raping a child

A female who was beheaded by a male in San Carlos, California, had allegedly threatened to reveal that he had raped a child.

Sunday, September 11 at 05:30am

According to reports, a text message was the trigger that led 33-year-old Jose Raphael Solano Landaeta to attack and decapitate a 27-year-old female on Friday, September 9. His victim had allegedly threatened to expose a rape conviction involving a child.

The incident occurred in the Bay Area of California. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office sources said they have since located and retrieved the murder weapon. Sara MC Dowell, the mayor of San Carlos, commented that the community is still shaken by the “Tragic” murder.


Landaeta’s arraignment was scheduled for Friday afternoon, but it has now been moved to Monday, September 12. According to the victim’s father, Landaeta is a diagnosed schizophrenic who was on medication. One of the reasons his daughter had taken out the injunction against him was because of his previous behaviour towards her, he added.


Saturday, September 10 at 04:57am

An adult male was arrested this Friday, September 9, after an incident in which he beheaded a 25-year-old female in broad daylight on a street in the city of San Carlos, in Mateo County, California.

This violent event took place in front of several witnesses just before midday, outside the victim’s house in the 300-400 block of Laurel Street and Magnolia Avenue.

In a press conference, Lieutenant Eamon Allen from San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office stated that the victim’s two children were inside the house at the time of the crime, but thankfully did not witness the incident.



According to reports, the victim and the assailant were in a relationship, but the victim had obtained a temporary restraining order against the suspect in April. The detained male is thought to be 33-year-old Jose Solano Landaeta, from Hayward in Alameda County.

The victim’s two daughters – a seven-year-old and a one-year-old – were reportedly taken into care by the CPS, along with a dog and two cats. A search for the murder weapon is ongoing but it is believed to have been a sword of some sort.

Lieutenant Allen added that several witnesses to the harrowing incident, as well as the first-responding officers, are receiving support from medical professionals.



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