Teenager Austin Harrouff had done the unimaginable. He stabbed a couple to death and proceeded to eat the face of one of his victims, while he was possibly high on hallucinogenic drugs.
According to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, Harrouff was in a restaurant with his family for dinner when he suddenly stormed out, apparently mad about the place’s slow service. Worried, Harrouff’s parents called the police as well as his fraternity. They tried to find him.
Around 45 minutes later, Harrouff spotted his victims, 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon and 59-year-old John Stevens. The couple had been outside their home in Tequesta when Harrouff came at them and started stabbing them repeatedly. Harrouf also stabbed one of the couple’s neighbors, who had been identified by The Washington Post as Jeff Fisher.
According to the call records of the call Fisher made to 911, he himself sustained “three puncture wounds” in the neck and head.
During the call, Fisher told the operator, “Young man beating up a woman across the street. It’s in the garage. I think he had knife but I’m not positive. They’re laying on the ground.”
After stabbing his victims, Harrouff proceeded to maul Stevens’ face.
When police arrived at the scene, they could not pull Harrouff off Stevens’ body. They used a stun gun and the assistance of a police dog, but to no avail. Because of this, Harrouff ended up suffering from dog bites, bruises and cuts.
Harrouff was a sophomore majoring in exercise science at Florida State University. According to a report from Fox News, Harrouff weighs 200 pounds and stands six feet tall. A football teammate said Harrouff didn’t have an aggressive bone in his body.
“The coaches would always try to get him mad and play angry, and he never had it in him. I didn’t think he would hurt a fly,” quarterback Matt Dame told The Palm Beach Post. Dame had played with Harrouff back in high school.
The 19-year-old also had no previous criminal record.
In the hospital, blood tests on Harrouff revealed no signs of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or other common drugs. It is expected that it will take longer to determine if Harrouff was on hallucinogenics at the time of the incident. Harrouff’s condition has become critical as he remains under sedation.
Police say Harrouff may not make it.
MCSO on scene of double homicide SE Kokomo Ln, Tequesta. Suspect has been detained. pic.twitter.com/1abhIwind2
— MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) August 16, 2016