Austin Harrouff, a Florida State University fraternity brother, stabbed a couple to death then tried to eat one victim’s face.
It has been reported that the 19-year-old was intoxicated, possibly after taking the synthetic drug known as Flakka. He stabbed a couple randomly outside their house, wounded a neighbor, and ate the dead man’s face before deputies finally arrested him.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder voiced concern over the teenage boy.
“What pushed our Florida State student into this? We do not know,” he said.
Snyder told reporters that Harrouff initially gave police a fake name. The killer is a former high school football defensive lineman and a wrestler. Snyder also stated that the assailant might have been on hallucinogenic drugs when he attacked Michelle Mishcon, 53, and John Stevens, 59, outside their home in Tequesta.
The first deputy who reported on the scene of the crime, the driveway of the couple’s Tequesta home, saw the suspect on top of the victim, holding him in a “bear hug” and teething him in the face.
The deputy shot the suspect with a taser, which didn’t work. Right at that moment, another deputy arrived at the scene. The two deputies engaged the suspect by using every bit of strength they had, according to Fox News.
However, they said it was was impossible to get him away from the victim. After this, another officer from a nearby municipality deployed a dog on the suspect. “Then finally, after minutes of fighting, they were able to get the offender off of the victim, but the victim was dead,” Snyder said.
“[He] apparently attacked both of them with a knife that he was known to carry. He carries a switchblade. He began stabbing and assaulting both the husband and the wife.”
The motive behind the incident remains a mystery. Snyder said that the suspect was surprisingly strong and heavily sedated, making animal-like noises. He believed the suspect was on flakka, a psychoactive stimulant that can manufacture bizarre behavior and cause drug overdoses.
However, Snyder said that Austin Harrouff’s core body temperature was not heightened, like it would have been under flakka. The suspect, though, showed multiple symptoms exhibited by flakka users. Initial toxicology reports discovered that he was not on cocaine, methamphetamine, or marijuana.