A man has been arrested as he was allegedly in the process of dismembering his girlfriend’s body with a machete.
Nicholas Scurria, 32, was taken into custody by police early on Friday morning in Clifton Heights, five miles west of Philadelphia.
Police rushed to the scene after being called in the middle of the night by Scurria’s next door neighbor at 4:40am after heading screaming and loud bangs coming through the walls.
A police report details how after a huge amount of noise between the couple, the place suddenly ‘became quiet’ before ‘sawing-like sounds’ and ‘the gathering or shifting of plastic material’ could then be heard.
Nicholas Scurria, 32, allegedly killed his girlfriend by beheading her with a machete before attempting to dismember the rest of her body
Scurria was arrested by police near Philadelphia early on Friday morning after neighbors called cops following loud noises coming from their apartment
Police found rolls of plastic and bags inside the home which police believe were going to be used to hide his girlfriend’s body
The police affidavit shows a neighbor ‘woke up to loud screaming in the neighboring apartment.’
Police arrived on the scene to find Scurria allegedly using a machete to saw off the left leg of his girlfriend’s body, who had already been decapitated.
Scurria was found sitting on a mattress as he carried out the bloody act as officers burst in with their weapons drawn.
A roll of plastic wrap was found next to her body.
‘Police witnessed the suspect attempting to decapitate the already-deceased victim using a machete,’ the report states.
Clifton Heights Police Chief Tim Rockenbach said the victim had suffered ‘severe trauma to the head and neck.’
‘I believe the intent was obviously to hide the crime,’ Chief Rockenbach said to CBS3 of the plastic and the attempt to dismember the rest of her body.
When police showed up they found Scurria sitting on a mattress sawing the left leg of his girlfriend’s corpse. He is pictured here in a photo from Facebook with a skateboard
‘I’ve been an officer for 32 years, this is absolutely horrible,’ Rockenbach added. ‘I don’t even know what words I could describe to you how actually incredibly insane this is, especially in my town.
‘I believe his intent was obviously to hide the crime. And we were able to get there before he was able to flee as a result of that 911 call,’ Rockenbach said.
‘Domestic violence is a major crime everywhere,’ Rockenbach added. ‘Sometimes a neighbor interceding allows us to solve a crime, stop a crime or prevent a crime from happening.’
Police took Scurria into custody at gunpoint.
‘She tried to cut my balls off,’ Scurria shouted at officers as he was being placed in handcuffs.
Scurria later told police in an interview that he and his girlfriend had an argument and then broke up, despite the couple still living together
Scurria has been charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and abuse of a corpse
Police say no drugs were found in the apartment and Scurria has no known history with police. Several weapons were found inside the apartment, pictured above
Later, Scurria told police that the couple, who shared the apartment together had got into a fight after their relationship had ended.
Scurria then allegedly brutally beat his girlfriend until she was unconscious.
‘During the argument he knocked the victim unconscious after repeatedly striking her in the face/head areas,’ before trying to hide and dismember her corpse, a police report states.
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.
Police say no drugs were found in the apartment and Scurria has no known history with police. Several weapons were found inside the apartment.
Scurria has been charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and abuse of a corpse.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office is continuing to investigate.
It was only thanks to a next door neighbor who heard screaming and sawing sounds that police were called to the address in the middle of the night