FSU student is accused of killing a couple in a random and unprovoked attack and biting off pieces of one person’s face. The white fraternity member assailant was not shot by police.
According to First Coast News, Austin Kelly Harrouff hasn’t yet been charged in the death of John Joseph Stevens III, 59, and Michelle Karen Mishcon, 53, in the garage of their home in the 19000 block of Southeast Kokomo Lane, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said. Sheriff’s officials were working Tuesday with the local State Attorney’s Office to formally charge Harrouff, who was sedated in a Palm Beach County hospital.
“Although we know a lot about what happened last night,” Snyder said, “there are some things we do not yet know, and there are some things that we will not be able to release just yet.”
After receiving a 911 call from a neighbor who was stabbed while trying to intervene in the attack, the arrived and deputy found Harrouff on top of Stevens.
“(The deputy) realized that the offender was actually biting the victim in the face and causing what turned out to be some substantial trauma to his face from bite marks,” Snyder said.
The deputy used a Taser on Harrouff, but it was ineffective. He then tried to physically pull Harrouff off, “but he was exhibiting abnormal levels of strength,” Snyder said.
Within a few minutes, 2 more deputies arrived to help.
“Nothing was working,” Snyder said. “They were using all the force that they were able to muster physically.”
Officers were finally able to remove Harrouff with the assistance of a K-9.
First Coast News continues, “Snyder said he wouldn’t be surprised if Harrouff had Flakka or bath salts in his system, but officials won’t know for sure until they get toxicology results from the hospital. Snyder also mentions that he can’t yet answer why deputies didn’t shoot Harrouff but said the angle to do so was extremely dangerous.”
Harrouff didn’t know the couple, Snyder said, and evidence shows Stevens and Mishcon were randomly attacked while sitting in their open garage.
In the wake of so many black people being killed by police, even for things as small at traffic tickets or less, why did police not shoot when they found someone eating off another person’s face?
If the assailant was not white, then would the police have used their guns instead of using all means available to take the assailant alive? When the same crime was carried out by an African American Florida man, the police opened fire immediately.
The Miami New Times reports:
Because this isn’t Florida’s first face-eating case, it’s natural to compare the two. In 2012, 31-year-old former football player Rudy Eugene — who was black — was found biting chunks from the face of a homeless man near the MacArthur Causeway. Eugene was naked, and apparently unarmed, which made him objectively less dangerous than the knife-wielding Harrouff.
So what’s going on here?
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)