Remember back in 2012 when Rudy Eugene took bath salts and ate parts of Ronald Puppo’s face in Miami? He was touted as a zombie. Four years later, there’s another gruesome case in Florida that loosely resembles Eugene’s cannibalization. A husband and wife were killed in Tequesta, Florida Monday — but it’s much more sinister than that.
When authorities arrived at the home of the victims, they found the alleged assailant, 19-year-old Florida State University student Austin Harrouff, biting off parts of the male victim's face, WPTV reported Tuesday.
They were identified as John Joseph Stevens III, 59, and Michelle Karen Mishcon, 53. They did not know Harrouff.
It took deputies several attempts to pry Moore away from the male Stevens. Initially, a stun gun had no effect, according to KTLA. It was an “unprovoked random attack on victims sitting in their garage,” Snyder said.
A neighbor, whose name was not released, tried to stop Harrouff. She was taken to a Palm Beach County hospital after suffering “substantial trauma.”
Drugs might be to blame for the attack, which is similar to the case with Eugene and Puppo. Eugene ate bath salts before he attacked Puppo, a homeless Miami man.
In the Martin County case, the alleged attacker might have taken flakka, which is a synthetic stimulant. It’s popular in Southern Florida and causes a high that is similar to cocaine. It’s also called “gravel” because of its white crystal chunks that look like aquarium gravel.
“It absolutely could be a flakka case. We don’t know,” Snyder told WPTV. “It will be some time before we get any kind of toxicology report. I would not be surprised though if we end up finding that is the case.”
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