The 19-year-old had no apparent relationship to his victims and the attack seemed to be “completely random,” the sheriff said.
Late Monday night, 19-year-old Florida State University student Austin Harrouff was having dinner with his family in Tequesta, Florida, when he got angry, stormed out of the restaurant, killed two people, then ate a victim’s face, officials say.
Police responded to a 911 call from a panicked neighbor Monday night, and came to the scene to find Harrouff biting off part of a dead man's face in the driveway of a man's home. The man's wife was found dead in the garage and the neighbor suffered multiple stab wounds.
Harrouff was charged with a double homicide and taken to a nearby hospital, where he remains in an unconscious state. Police and hospital workers have run some tests, but have not yet found any evidence of drug use.
“He had no criminal record … he was a good kid,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters Tuesday, adding that Harrouff had no apparent relationship to his victims and that the attack seemed to be “completely random.”
The victims were later identified as John Joseph Stevens, 59, and his wife, Michelle Karen Mishcon, 53. They left behind a daughter, Ivy Stevens.
“There's not one thing in this case that seems to make sense,” Snyder added, shaking his head. “We grasp to get our footing and try to understand what happened and why … but we can't.”
What doesn't make sense to the police is that Harrouff does not fit the typical description of a deranged murderer. He was a star high school football player and an excellent student, the Miami Herald reported. He took Advanced Placement classes in the International Baccalaureate program at school.
Harrouff was home for the weekend in Tequesta, visiting family with some of his Alpha Delta Phi fraternity brothers, Snyder told reporters.
He was eating dinner with his family in a local sports bar when he grew enraged by something — possibly the slow service, Snyder conjectured — and stormed out.
He then walked a few blocks, in the direction of his father's house, and came across Stevens and Mischon sitting in their garage with the door open, an evening habit of theirs, neighbors told police.
He allegedly attacked the couple, using multiple weapons, including a knife and other blunt objects, killing them both. “There was a lot of violence in that garage,” Snyder said.
A neighbor attempted to stop Harrouff, but the teen turned to him and said, “You don't want any of this,” before attacking him with a knife, police said. The neighbor got away and called 911. He is currently undergoing surgery with non-life threatening injuries.
Police found Harrouff crouched over Stevens, “making animals noises,” and “grunting and growling,” Snyder said.
After attempting to subdue Harrouff with a stun gun and K-9 to no affect, three to four police officers managed to pull the college sophomore from the body, placed him under arrest, and eventually sedated him.