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Charges: Woman killed by partner in horrific Shakopee attack was trying to leave him

The shocking incident happened at an intersection Wednesday afternoon.
Alexis Saborit.

Alexis Saborit.

The man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend in a horrific public attack at a Shakopee intersection told investigators she had "gone too far" in suggesting they break up.

That's according to charges filed in Scott County Friday against 42-year-old Alexis Saborit. Prosecutors say he killed 55-year-old America Thayer with a machete while stopped at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Spencer Street in Shakopee Wednesday afternoon.

Multiple witnesses and video from a nearby resident captured some of the shocking incident and its aftermath. Officers arrested Saborit in the area of Shenandoah Parkway and Highway 101, about a mile east of the crime scene.

According to the criminal complaint, Saborit said he and Thayer had been dating for several years, and that they were planning to go to his court appearance together that day. But on the way, she said she wanted to end the relationship, according to the charges. 

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Saborit then told investigators he used a knife to kill her, saying she had "gone too far" with her suggested break-up.

Saborit was charged Friday with second-degree intentional murder. As of 1 p.m. Friday, online court records did not show a court date scheduled in the case.

Warning: Contains extremely upsetting details

According to the criminal charges filed against Saborit:

Two separate witnesses who were at the intersection at the time of the killing saw a man standing outside the passenger side of a stopped vehicle, making a "swinging" or "hitting" motion. One of the witnesses then saw him throw something into a nearby yard before pulling a body out of the vehicle, then picking up what looked liked a human head with blonde hair. 

He was also seen tossing something into a nearby yard before walking away.

The video shot by a nearby resident, from inside a home, also shows the aftermath, with investigators using Saborit's appearance in the description to track him down.

Dispatch received a 911 call about a head being thrown from a car, and officers arrived on the scene to find Thayer decapitated and "large amounts of blood" on the ground nearby and in passenger side of vehicle.

The vehicle belonged to Thayer, and was facing southbound. 

Some officers were familiar with Thayer, and knew she and Saborit had been in a relationship. The description of the suspect from witnesses matched that of Saborit. 

Officers first found a bloodied shirt and shoes in an alley about a block and a half away, then located Saborit near Memorial Park. He was still wearing pants and, underneath, red shorts, that matched what was visible in the video footage. Officers arrested him.

In a post-Miranda statement, Saborit admitted to killing Thayer, explaining they'd been at a park earlier that day on the way to his court date when she told him they should break up. He cited those comments and "abuse" as a reason for his actions.

Investigators spoke with a man who knew both Saborit and Thayer, and had been with them at Memorial Park around 2:15 p.m. that day, just minutes before the killing. He told police Thayer was trying to convince Saborit to go to court, warning him he'd get in trouble if he doesn't. He said Thayer was upset, but things seemed fine between them otherwise at that moment. He also noted Thayer had previously remarked Saborit carries a machete on him.

Officers located a sheath for a machete near the intersection, and the day after the killing, a woman called to report her dog found a machete in a nearby yard. Officers said it appeared to be covered in blood and blonde hair, and noted it fit in the sheath they'd found.

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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