American husband is arrested for ‘beheading his father-in-law’ in Indonesia after their joint business venture began to fail

American husband is arrested for ‘beheading his father-in-law’ in Indonesia after their joint business venture began to fail

  • Arthur Leigh Welohr, 35, allegedly slit in-law’s throat and hacked his head off
  • Gruesome images showed the father-in-law’s lifeless and headless corpse 

An American husband has been arrested over the alleged beheading of his father-in-law in Indonesia.

Arthur Leigh Welohr, 35, had been running a business with his Indonesian wife’s dad Agus Sopiyan, 58, but their relationship allegedly soured as the venture began to fail.

The San Franciso native reportedly hatched a scheme to kill Agus, then allegedly attacked him at a house near his own residence in Banjar City, West Java, on Sunday, September 24.

Terrified neighbours heard the pair arguing, but dismissed it as an ordinary fight.

However, Welohr allegedly overpowered and knocked down Agus, before brandishing a knife and stabbing the older man. Horrific video footage from the scene shows the dead man’s head hanging from his shoulders.

Shocked onlookers subdued Welohr and called the police for help. They then shouted angrily at Welohr as he was frogmarched away in handcuffs.

Agus meanwhile was found ‘in a terrible condition’ behind his house, with his head severed from his neck.

Welohr was frogmarched away from the scene of the crime in handcuffs

Welohr was frogmarched away from the scene of the crime in handcuffs

Arthur Leigh Welohr, 35, had been running a business with his Indonesian wife's dad Agus Sopiyan, 58, but their relationship allegedly soured as the venture began to fail

Arthur Leigh Welohr, 35, had been running a business with his Indonesian wife’s dad Agus Sopiyan, 58, but their relationship allegedly soured as the venture began to fail

Welohr is seen alongside his Indonesian wife and family

Welohr is seen alongside his Indonesian wife and family

A local named Rizal said: ‘The neighbours here initially thought it was just an ordinary argument. But it turned out he pushed and slit his father-in-law’s throat.’

He added that the residents could not intervene in time because of how quickly the attack unfolded.

Adjunct Inspector Nandi Darmawan, head of Public Relations of the Banjar Police, said: ‘The suspect has been arrested. We are still investigating this case. We will convey the results of further investigations when all the investigations have been completed.’

Yayat Ruhiyat, chief of the Raharja Village where the alleged murder happened, said: ‘Previously the suspect had vandalised his in-laws’ house and this was also reported to the police.

‘However, for various reasons, the police did not make any arrests until this incident occurred.’

Agus was found 'in a terrible condition' behind his house, with his head severed from his neck

Agus was found ‘in a terrible condition’ behind his house, with his head severed from his neck

Yayat said Welohr’s wife had paid for the vandalism damages, but the rampaging American continued to violate his in-laws’ home before reportedly committing murder.

Banjar Police Chief of Investigation AKP Ali Jupri said in a statement on Monday, September 25: ‘The suspect said he felt that his father-in-law was hindering the relationship between him and his wife. He felt that he himself was being attacked and finally carried out the killing.’

Local media reported that Welohr was charged under Article 338 of Indonesia’s Penal Code, which states that: ‘The person who, with deliberate intent, takes the life of another person, shall, being guilty of manslaughter, be punished by a maximum imprisonment of fifteen years.’

Before allegedly murdering his father-in-law, Welohr, from California, had been arrested in 2015 for attacking and wounding two people with a sword in San Francisco.

He was reportedly arguing with the victims – a man and woman in their 50s – before whipping out a sword and slashing them. 

He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, San Francisco police had said, though it is unclear whether he was jailed. 

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