I was having a conversation with a friend earlier today and he was lamenting that our world had changed. Things aren’t the way they used to be. It’s ironic, because he’s 22. But he’s right. And here’s more proof. [Scroll Down for Video]
A 19 Florida State student, Austin Harrouff, was home from school having dinner with his parents in Jupiter, Florida. He became agitated. Nothing atypical about that. Then he stood up, left the table, and left the restaurant.
What happened next, is “inexplicable.” He ran into a couple outside of their home, and killed them. He attacked Michelle Mishcon and killed her, then he attacked her 59 year old husband, John Stevens.
When authorities arrived, Harrouff was biting Steven’s face. Off.
Harrouff was “exhibiting abnormal levels of strength.” The responding officers tased him. The K-9 unit’s dog attacked him. Three officers tackled him. “Nothing was working. They were using all the force they were able to muster physically,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters.
Both victims had been stabbed multiple times. “There was an enormous amount of violence inside that garage,” Snyder said.
As far as anyone knows, Hrarouff was a stranger. The sheriff described the event as “completely unprovoked and random.”
“It’s inexplicable,” Snyder said. “One of the first things we try to do at a crime scene is try to understand the motive of the offender, because it is the motive of the offender that gets us going in the right direction. In this case, we can’t establish a motive. It’s ‘I don’t know.’”
What could cause something like this? The authorities believe it was either bath salts or flakka.
“I’m not going to speculate, except to say that we know in our business that people on flakka or bath salts will do this type of behavior, where they attack the victim and do the biting and actually remove pieces of flesh in the bites,” Snyder said.
Harrouff, who wasn’t wearing his shirt and was making animal noises while eating his victim’s face, tested negative all of the typical drugs.
Harrouff’s is in the hospital, and not doing well. Authorities say his health has deteriorated since his sedation.