An 18-year-old man who beheaded his mother in a small North Carolina town on Monday is an illegal alien, The Daily Caller has learned.
Oliver Mauricio Funes Machado was taken into custody after police say he decapitated his 35-year-old mother, Yesenia Funes Beatriz Machado, in their home in Franklin County.
Machado, a Honduran national, was found holding a large butcher knife in one hand and his mother’s head in the other.
“When they arrived, he was with the decapitation in his hand and it was a gruesome scene,” Franklin Co. sheriff Kent Winstead told WRAL, a local news station.
Machado called police shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday. He was taken into custody without incident and was charged with first-degree murder.
A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to The Daily Caller that Machado is in the U.S. illegally.
“ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) has issued a detainer for Oliver Funes-Machado, an unlawfully present Honduran national, following his arrest March 6 on local charges in Franklin County, North Carolina,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told TheDC in a statement.
ICE has placed a detainer against Machado, Cox said.
It is unclear when Machado came to the U.S.
Two of Machado’s siblings, ages two and three, were in the home at the time of the brutal murder, according to WRAL.