Face-Eating Suspect Allegedly Admitted to Eating 'Humans' and Asked Deputies to Kill Him
New police documents shed light on the night Austin Harrouff allegedly killed a Florida couple and tried to eat one victim's face
Newly released police documents from the night Austin Harrouff allegedly killed a Florida couple and tried to eat one victim’s face shed more light on the gruesome and apparently random attack. Among the revelations is the teen’s plea with responding deputies to kill him and, according to multiple reports, his alleged confession that he’d eaten “humans.”
“F—— kill me, f—— kill me! Shoot me now! I deserve to die!” the 19-year-old told Martin County sheriff’s deputies after they pulled him off of John Stevens’ lifeless body on Aug. 15, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Harrouff is accused of killing Stevens, 59, and his 53-year-old wife, Michelle Mishcon in the garage and driveway of their Tequesta, Florida, home.
When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they allegedly found Harrouff trying to bite off chunks of Stevens’ face.
When asked what he ate, Harrouff allegedly told officers, “Humans,” according to WPTV.
(Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told the station that Harrouff said he deputies wouldn’t find drugs in his system, though authorities have speculated he may have been high on a street drug at the time.)
It took multiple officers and a police dog to get Harrouff off of Stevens, and in the police documents, deputies said they saw Harrouff spitting out human flesh.
A neighbor, Jeff Fisher, 47, came to the couple’s aid during the attack and was allegedly injured by Harrouff.
Fisher told deputies that when he approached the teen, Harrouff allegedly said, “You don’t want this. You don’t want a part of this.”
Harrouff has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. It is unclear if he has entered a plea to his charges, and his defense attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment about the new documents.
Harrouff has not spoken with investigators since the attack.
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Harrouff still would not speak with officials following his early October release from St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he had been hospitalized for months since the attack.
But Sheriff Snyder told WPTV that at one point he wrote a note to detectives.
“At some point toward the end, when we finally arrested him and took him out of there, he did write down on a sheet of paper, ‘I want my attorney, I don’t want to talk to you,’ ” Snyder said.
Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the attack.
Snyder initially speculated that Harrouff may have been under the influence of the synthetic drug flakka during his alleged attack, but the results from a subsequent toxicology report have not yet been announced. Harrouff’s father has previously said schizophrenia runs in his family.
Harrouff reportedly gave an interview to Dr. Phil from his hospital bed, before being moved to jail. But the episode’s airing has been postponed, according to multiple reports.