Man arrested walks around with father’s severed head and a knife in the Lyon suburb of Saint-Priest

A man has been arrested in France after being found with his father’s severed head in one hand and the knife believed to have been used to remove it in the other, police said near the Lyon suburb of Saint-Priest.

The horrific incident began when police found the father’s body in a parking lot at the weekend. Locals had reported witnessing a heated debate among the family members and the son chasing the father around with a large knife.

Witnesses say the assailant shouted “Allah Akbar”, or God is great, which has traditionally been linked to terrorist attacks, but police have determined the incident was a family feud. according to the ActuLyon news page.

The police then followed a trail of blood to where the son (25) stood with undeniable evidence. Police say they struggled with the son to arrest him.

This weekend’s attack was carried out by a local Moroccan man known to police for petty crimes and drug charges.

“I am terribly shocked by this despicable intra-family drama that took place in our city. What society do we live in? How can we come to such actions?” Saint-Priest mayor Gilles Gascon said. “I want to thank our municipal and national police for their quick intervention and the predominance of our video surveillance center.”

It is not the first time that the small Lyon suburb has been the scene of such a heinous crime. In 2013, an elderly woman was found in her bathroom with her head on the floor. In 2020, another elderly woman was beaten to death by her son just blocks away from where the latest crime took place. And in 2015, a businessman was beheaded by an employee in what was determined to be an Islamic terrorist attack.

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