Nicholas Scurria allegedly beheaded girlfriend with machete

Suspect also allegedly attempted to dismember the victim’s body

Nicholas Scurria

Philadelphia-area authorities have arrested a man for allegedly beheading his girlfriend with a machete and attempting to dismember her body, according to police.

Police identified the apprehended 32-year-old Nicholas Scurria on Friday morning.

Officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance at 4:40 a.m. ET at an apartment complex in the Clifton Heights neighborhood, according to a police report.

A witness in the neighborhood called police, who said they heard screaming and loud banging coming from the apartment. Afterward, the apartment was quiet. The witness also reported hearing “sprawling-like sounds” and “the gathering or shifting of plastic material.”

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Officers who arrived at the scene found Scurria sitting on a mattress inside the apartment and saw that he allegedly was sawing off the victim’s left leg with a machete.

Officers held the victim at gunpoint and from outside the apartment before forcing entry and taking Scurria into custody.

“She tried to cut my balls off,” Scurria repeated to officers as they apprehended him, according to the report.

The suspect told police during an interview that he and the victim had gotten into a fight, and that he considered their relationship over even though they lived together.

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Scurria “stated that during the argument he knocked the victim unconscious after repeatedly striking her in the face/head areas.” He then admitted to trying to dismember and hide her body. 

Once authorities were able to gain entry, they witnessed the suspect attempting to decapitate the already-deceased victim using a machete, according to the report.

Once authorities were able to gain entry, they witnessed the suspect attempting to decapitate the already-deceased victim using a machete, according to the report.

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