Police in California say they have arrested a suspect in a fatal stabbing after he posted a video of the attack online.
San Mateo police announced on Thursday that a California man is accused of fatally stabbing a woman and posting a video of the slaying on Facebook.
San Mateo police said the investigation began after someone in Nye County, Nevada, reported seeing the video to Nye County authorities.
This individual provided the name and phone number of the poster, which led police to a city in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to police, after nearly three hours of scouring, officers discovered a deceased woman in a large apartment complex.
Wednesday saw the arrival of emergency vehicles to the scene of a homicide in San Mateo, California.NBC Bay Region
Mark Merchikoff, 39, was apprehended in San Jose, approximately 30 kilometers southeast of San Mateo, according to police.
Police in San Mateo state that Merchikoff knew the victim, whose name has not been disclosed. Thursday, police stated that an investigation into a motive was ongoing and that no motive was known.
“We do know Merchikoff filmed the victim’s final moments, uploaded the footage to Facebook, and then fled the area,” police said in a statement.
According to police, Merchikoff was detained on suspicion of murder. Thursday night, online court records did not appear to contain a case for him.
Thursday evening, it was unclear whether Merchikoff had an attorney who could represent him.
According to NBC Bay Area, Jerami Surratt, a spokesman for the San Mateo police department, described the content of the video as “quite revolting.”
The parent company of Facebook, Meta, did not respond promptly to a request for comment.