Austin Harrouff, an athletic and well-liked 19-year-old Florida State University student, was eating dinner with his parents at a local sports bar in Jupiter, Florida, when he apparently got angry about something (“possibly the restaurants slow service”) and stormed out in a huff.
He then walked toward his father’s home, but for unknown reasons, went to a different house, one street over, where he encountered Michelle Mishcon, 53, and her husband John Stevens III, 59. They were sitting in their garage with the door lifted open. Harrouff then allegedly stabbed the couple to death with a switchblade and other “weapons of opportunity,” meaning items around the garage. When a neighbor tried to intervene and called 911, he was stabbed, too.
But here’s the really creepy part, though. According to The Miami New Times:
When police arrived, they found Harrouff “grunting and growling” and “making animal noises” over one of the bodies — while also tearing chunks out of the man’s face with his teeth.
Cops discharged their stun guns at Harrouff — multiple times — but were unable to pull him from the man. A police dog couldn’t stop Harrouff either. Eventually, it took three cops to pull him away. The neighbor, who survived the attack, reportedly underwent surgery today.
“Grunting and growling” and eating the man’s face….?
According to The Palm Beach Post:
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the suspect in a double homicide this morning in Tequesta was exhibiting “abnormal levels of strength” when deputies arrived on scene and attempted to pull him off the male victim.
“The deputy arrived on scene and deployed her taser,” Snyder said. “The suspect was atop the male victim, who had substantial trauma to his face due to bite marks.”
Snyder said an initial test didn’t find traces of amphetamine and other substances, but that they took a sampling of blood to check for flakka or bath salts. He added that the suspect was under sedation at a Palm Beach County hospital.
Other reports, though, say that Austin’s body temperature wasn’t elevated at the time of the attack, which might rule out flakka, the synthetic drug that makes body temps soar.
According to Heavy, Harrouff was a happy, well-liked athlete at his school:
Harrouff was a high school football and wrestling star Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, Florida. He played as a defensive tackle according to his Hudl page. He says on his Facebook page that he is a native of Jupiter, Florida. Local 10 reports that he lives with his mother close to where the killings took place.
One of his football teammates, Josh Lonsberry, told the Palm Beach Post that Harrouff “barely spoke, and when he did, it was always, ‘yes sir,’ or ‘no sir.’ He was a great kid and did a lot of good things for us on the D-line. It’s crazy to think that he was sober and did that. We had to beg him to be more physical on the field. He was a fun kid, and I was looking forward to seeing him up at FSU this fall. He certainly had an impact on me.”
Currently, Harrouff is in a Palm Beach hospital where his condition has deteriorated, and it is not known whether he will survive. Sheriff William Snyder spoke about the case today at a news conference late this afternoon. Snyder also said “we may absolutely never know” why Harrouff attacked John and Michelle Stevens.
Of course, one can’t help but recall the similar case in 2012 of Miami man Randy Eugene, who was caught eating the face of a homeless man near the local highway.
Two strange cases of face-eating zombie-like freaks with superhuman strength. Both in the South Florida area. Feels like the beginning of a horror movie.