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Sheriff on double murder: "none of this makes sense"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 01:08

Police release the photo of a Florida State University student suspected of murdering a couple at their home north of Palm Beach and then trying to eat the man's face. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Authorities released on Tuesday (August 16) a photo of the Florida State University student suspected in a vicious attack on a local couple as well as audio of a 9-11 call to police, Austin Harrouff, 19, is the key suspect in the stabbing deaths of John Stevens, 59, and Michell Mishcon, 53, in the garage of their home in a community on Florida's eastern coast. Harrouff was biting Stevens' face and had to be pulled off him by responding officers. The suspect has "been a good kid," Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said. "None of this makes sense," he added. A neighbor who witnessed the attack and tried to intervene was stabbed several times by the suspect. Harrouff was taken to the hospital after the attack and was reportedly making "animal-like sounds" before being sedated. Snyder said they have not determined a motive for the attack. A blood test showed no signs of drugs in Harouff's system, Snyder said. Asked whether Harouff had 'flakka', a synthetic stimulant which is often referred to as bath salts in his system, Snyder said it wasn't clear. The attack called to mind an attack in Miami in 2012 in which a man was found chewing on another man's face. Some speculated the 2012 attack was also prompted by a reaction to 'flakka', which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has linked to side effects ranging from impaired perception of reality to agitation and delusional behavior.

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Sheriff on double murder: "none of this makes sense"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 01:08