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Police say the college student who fatally stabbed a couple and tried to eat one victim’s face likely drank chemicals he found in the couple’s garage before committing the attack.
Authorities believe that Austin Harrouff, who is still in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, drank hazardous household chemicals moments before allegedly attacking John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon in their Florida home.
Based on tests performed at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, hospital officials suspect the 19-year-old ingested “something caustic” the night of the killings.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said:
“The hospital speculated, based on what they were seeing in his body fluids, that perhaps he had ingested something caustic from the garage.”
According to Snyder, Stevens had several chemicals in his garage — like paint thinners and chemical cleansers — which might explain Harrouff’s unusually long sedation after the attack.
At the time of his arrest, the Florida State University student taunted officers that they would not “find any drugs” in his system after a drug test was conducted.
He had previously posted about his disdain for drugs in bizarre YouTube videos.
While the teen tested negative for common drugs like heroin and cocaine, officials are still testing to see if Harrouff was under the influence of bath salts or the synthetic drug flakka at the time he attacked the couple.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused Harrouff to become irrationally violent, and are unsure whether the attacker drank the chemicals to hurt himself intentionally.
One thing’s for sure, when Harrouff is released from the hospital, he will be charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder.
[Image via Miami Herald.]