A 19-year old Florida State University student named Austin Harrouff stands accused of a heinous murder.
According to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, per People Magazine, Harrouff allegedly stabbed a married couple to death yesterday… and was then caught trying to eat the husband’s face.
"What pushed our Florida State student into this? We do not know," Snyder said at a Tuesday press conference, although he speculated that Harrouff may have been on the drug Flakka.
Snyder went into more detail about the crime with People, saying the first deputy arrived at the scene in the driveway of the couple's Tequesta home and caught Harrouff in the horrific act.
"The suspect was on top of our victim, clutching him in a bear hug and biting him in the face," Snyder said.
He went on to say that the suspect displayed unusual, seemingly inhuman strength at the time.
"[The deputy] shot him with a taser ... that didn't work. Another deputy got there, two deputies, and they engaged the suspect and they said they used every bit of strength they had."
In the end, a dog had to be brought in to assist the officers and then it STILL took five minutes for everyone to apprehend Harrouff.
The vistims were 59-year John Joseph Stevens III and 53-year-old Michelle Karen Mishcon.
There is no indication that they knew Harrouff.
Snyder says that Harrouff allegedly attacked the husband and wife as they sat in their "open garage," referring to the incident as a "random" and "unprovoked" attack.
He added that deputies found Michelle dead in the garage.
Harrouff has been charged with one count of aggravated battery, but will be also charged with home invasion and two counts of murder.
However, Snyder says, there is a chance that Harrouff could die in the hospital as a result of either "sustained trauma" from officers or a drug overdose.
He’s sedated at the moment after being intubated upon his hospital arrival.
No motive has been given for the brutal homicides.
We can report, though, that Harrouff was out to dinner with his parents prior to “[storming] out the restaurant,” Snyder says.
He then seems to have wandered around local streets before finding himself at the home of the deceased.
The sheriff said at the press conference that Harrouff was "abnormally strong" during the alleged attack.
He was taken to a hospital where, Snyder said, he made "animal-like" – noises including "grunting" and "growling" – and was largely incoherent.
Police must wait until toxicology reports are back to determine whether the suspect in Monday's assault was on drugs.
However, Snyder said he "would not be surprised" if the man was under the influence of flakka, which is a psychoactive stimulant that has been linked to bizarre behavior and drug overdoses.
"When you see a case like this where someone is biting off pieces of somebody's face, could it be flakka?" Snyder said. "The answer is it absolutely could be a flakka case."