Reportedly mild mannered and well liked college student, Austin Harrouff, became agitated while out for dinner with friends at Duffy’s Sports Grill and took off on foot. He then wandered into an upscale neighborhood 15 to 30 minutes away and randomly attacked a couple who were relaxing in their garage. 19 year old Harouff allegedly stabbed and bludgeoned the couple with weapons of opportunity from the couple’s own garage. The victims were identified as 59-year-old John Joseph Stevens III and 53-year-old Michelle Karen Mishcon.
Hero neighbor, Jeff Fisher, tried to intervene as Harrouff attacked the male victim in the driveway and received several stab wounds for his efforts. Despite serious injuries to his back and head, Fisher was able to escape and call 911 at about 9:20 pm (call recording below). Fisher was lifeflighted to the hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to recover.
When police arrived the suspect was found “growling, grunting and making animal noises” chewing the face off of the male victim. Deputies used stun guns to no avail as the attacker apparently felt no pain. It took several deputies and a K9 to pull the “abnormally strong” Harrouff off of the victim.
Based on the apparent randomness of the attack and the bizarre behavior of the attacker police suspect that he may have been under the influence of drugs, possibly Bath Salts or Flakka. The suspect is originally from Riviera beach and was studying “Pre-exercise science” at the University. Perhaps he was experimenting with some supplements and got some bad stuff. It can take weeks for lab results.
The suspect is currently being held under guard at St. Mary’s Medical Center where he is in stable condition though he was previously reported in grave condition. Police say that he suffered intestinal damage possibly due to taking some type of drug. He is scheduled for surgery to his hand.
Recent reports have Harrouff telling police “You’re not gonna find any drugs in my blood.”. A neighbor reported Harrouff’s behavior as odd in the weeks preceding the attack including discharging a handgun (in Harrouff’s back yard) and shooting and killing a bird in the neighbors yard. The day of the double murder the suspect was seen fighting with his father before driving off.
The Bathsalts epidemic is bad enough the Navy made the Public Service Announcement below. While critics may claim that the video is a little over the top it looks pretty tame to us considering nobody gets eaten.
10/21/2012 1:30 AM PST
2500 block of Alameda Drive, Vallejo, CA
According to CBS San Francisco, Vallejo Police responded to the 2500 block of Alameda Drive due to calls reporting two naked men running down the street and breaking windows out of parked cars. When police arrived a naked man, later identified as Jason Jessie, ran back into the house he shared with his partner Jeremiah Moore. Moore emerged from the house which was purportedly filling with smoke and allegedly threatened officers with a rifle. Moore was shot and later died at an area hospital. Preliminary investigations lead police to suspect that a powerful hallucinogenic possibly bathsalts, were involved, although no specific drug has been positively identified yet.
Jason Jessie, according to a neighbor practices Wicca and may have stopped taking his schizophrenia medication. Police followed a blood trail through the couple’s home to find three pet birds beheaded in the back yard. It’s worth noting however that modern Wicca is not generally associated with animal sacrifice.
According to her attorney, the woman who stripped naked outside of a highschool in Philadelphia was the victim of a drug interaction that caused her to think the world was coming to an end, Like any good parent she determined to get all her kids together to meet the coming apocalypse. The problem was exacerbated when she was denied access to her child in attendance at Upper Darby High School because she was not the custodial parent. So Sarah Butler did the only thing that made sense, she, her two adult daughters and teenage son stripped naked and began chanting. Butler’s attorney said that she thought she was going to meet God and needed to be naked.
Not exactly a zombie attack but strange just the same. That and the combination of nudity, apocalyptic hallucinations and drugs seems to fit our theme nicely.
Yet another Miami Zombie! Brandon De Leon, 21, walked into a Miami Boston Market and got into a verbal altercation with another man. While this may seem tame compared to the Causeway Cannibal it’s what happened after De Leon was taken into custody that earns this story a place on Stalking Zombies. While in the police car De Leon growled like an animal, beat his head against the Plexiglas shield and yelled “I’m going to eat you!” Later at the station De Leon attempted to bite an officer taking his blood pressure. Police stated that he “growled and opened and closed his jaw slamming his teeth like an animal would.”
De Leon continued to hit his head against the wall of his cell and growl and bark like an animal prompting officers to place him in restraints and a bite mask. Police later discovered that De Leon was under the influence of Cloud 9, Xanax, marijuana, and had a blood alcohol level of 290.
Unlike other recent Zombie Attacks this one has a relatively happy ending in that no one was seriously injured. De Leon claims that he has no recollection of the incident and is being charged with Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.