Florida State University student Austin Harrouff, who is accused of fatally stabbing a married couple, is in a life or death situation himself, People Magazine wrote in an exclusive report Wednesday. The student is “heavily sedated” after he tried to eat one of the victim’s faces.
Harrouff, 19, is currently in “stable condition” at a Palm Beach County hospital, but he might not recover. He was injured while stabbing John Joseph, 59, and Michelle Mishcon, 53, to death Monday.
It took four officers and a police dog to get Harrouff off Joseph, the victim who had his face bitten. “The suspect was on top of our victim, clutching him in a bear hug and biting him in the face,” Sheriff William Snyder told People Magazine.
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Officers had to use stun guns several times before they were able to remove Harrouff. “Finally, after minutes of fighting, they were able to get the offender off of the victim, but the victim was dead,” Snyder said. Harrouff was “abnormally strong” and making “animal-like noises.”
Currently, Harrouff is not alert and cannot speak with investigators. The attack was “random” and “unprovoked,” the sheriff added.
Harrouff’s mother, Mina, said her son acted strangely days before the attack, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press Wednesday. The FSU student claimed to he had superpowers. Even though officials said it was possible he took a drug like flakka, Mina denied that her son had a history of heavy drug use or mental illness.
The FSU student said he was “here to protect people,” according to his mother. “Mina told me that she does not believe him to be a danger to anyone or to himself,” Officer Luis Rocha wrote in the report.
Harrouff has not yet entered a plea. His attorney, Michelle Suskauer, did not respond to a request for comment.
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