MADRID (AP) -- A man beheaded a British woman after randomly attacking her in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands on Friday, officials said.
The suspect, a homeless Bulgarian man with a police record identified as Deyan Valentinov, was captured by security guards after he ran out of the supermarket with the blood-soaked head in his hands, authorities said. The man was then arrested.
The attack culminated with the decapitation of the victim, Canary Islands police said in a statement. The attacker left the store with the head in his hand and then threw it to the pavement.
A witness told broadcaster Cadena Ser that he saw the man drop the woman's head after coming out of the store.
I parked my car and saw a man running out with something bloody in his hands and a security guard chasing him. He threw it to the ground, it almost hit me and what he had been carrying was a woman's head, the unnamed witness said in a radio interview.
In London, Britain's Foreign Office confirmed the victim was a U.K. national, saying we are now seeking further information.
Regional Interior Ministry delegate Dominica Fernandez said the suspect is believed to have entered the shop, stolen a knife which he then used to assault and behead the woman, whose identity hasn't been released.
Fernandez told journalists the attack appeared to be random and that the man was well known in the area. It took place shortly after 10 a.m. (0900 GMT, 5 a.m. EDT) in the southern town of Arona, about 10 miles (15 kilometers) north of the beach resort of Los Cristianos.
Regional newspaper La Opinion reported the suspect had received treatment at the psychiatric unit of a local hospital in February after being involved in previous violent incidents.