Florida Woman Arrested Following Flakka-Influenced Box Cutter Attack on Homeless Woman

Crime SceneFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida woman is behind bars after she allegedly attacked a homeless woman with a box cutter moments after smoking the synthetic drug Flakka.

Marsha Lee Boothe, 25, was arrested on Sept. 20 and is facing a charge of aggravated battery with a lethal weapon.

According to local television station WPLG, Sonja King, who is homeless, told police that she was sitting on a bench in Fort Lauderdale when Boothe—wearing only a negligee—sat next to her and began smoking Flakka.

When she finished, King walked away, but Boothe followed her. King asked why Boothe was following, but she did not answer.

Instead, within moments, Boothe pulled out a box cutter and began attacking King with it, slashing her in the arm and chest. Boothe then ran away.

King had to have surgery on her arm as Boothe had cut her to the bone. She also had stitches in her chest.

Two weeks later, King spotted Boothe on the street and told a nearby sheriff’s deputy that she was the woman who had attacked her. Boothe was then taken into custody and booked at the Paul Rein Detention Facility.

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Police described Boothe as only wearing her undergarments and “appeared to be somewhat incoherent and struggled to stay awake.”

She is currently being held on $25,000 bail.

As previously reported, a Florida college student was believed to have been on Flakka last month when he attacked a random couple at their home and killed them.

Police stated that Austin Harrouff, 19, was “growling and grunting” and “making animal noises” when he was found biting the flesh off the face of 59-year-old John Joseph Stevens III.

“Somebody not feeling pain, not responding to a dog bite, repeated stuns from a taser, taking three to four deputies and officer dog to get him off—that’s somebody with a lot more strength than you would normally encounter,” Sheriff William Snyder told CBS12.

Harrouff is still fighting for his life in the hospital.

According to DrugAbuse.com, “Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the cathinone class called alpha-PVP. Cathinones are chemicals derived from the khat plant originating in the Middle East and Somalia—where the leaves are frequently chewed for a euphoric buzz.”

“People who use Flakka can display cases of bizarre and uncontrollable behavior,” it states. “Flakka is believed to have similar addiction potential to bath salts and methamphetamine, two highly addictive stimulant substances.”


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