A man named as Nick Salvadore, 25, was detained after a woman's decapitated body was found in a back garden in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, London. Early reports were sketchy, but police confirmed the identity of the woman as 82 year old Palmira Silva.
Some early reports described a "madman" brandishing a machete at cats and dogs in the area causing localised panic. Police evacuated the area before apprehending the man - smashing the windows of some properties to allow the inhabitants to escape.
The man was taken to hospital immediately following his arrest, suggesting that he had been injured during a tussle with officers that also left one police man with a broken wrist. Some eyewitnesses described the police as having used a taser on the man, but the police themselves are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the arrest.
Detetcive Chief Inspector John Sandlin assured the public that the attack was not organised nor related to terrorism:
"I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage. Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related."
Salvadore has widely been claimed to be a recent convert to Islam. In light of the near-contemporaneous series of beheadings carried out by ISIS in Iraq, some are speculating that this is no coincidence.