No Flakka Found in System of Florida Teen Found Biting Off Murdered Man’s Face

Harrouff-compressedTEQUESTA, Fla. — No hallucinogenic drugs were found in the system of a Florida teenager who was arrested in August after being found growling and biting off the face of a man he had just murdered.

Some had suspected that 19-year-old Austin Harrouff had been on flakka or bath salts, as Christian News Network’s previous report “Drugs or Demons? Teenager Found Biting Off Man’s Face in Florida Murder Case” outlined.

But a toxicology report released by the FBI on Wednesday states that neither of those drugs were found in Harrouff’s system, and only a trace amount of marijuana was detected.

As previously reported, police in Tequesta were alerted of the situation after neighbor Jeff Fisher called 911 when he had been stabbed trying to stop an attack on 59-year-old John Joseph Stevens III and 53-year-old Michelle Karen Mishcon.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Harrouff on top of Stevens and pulling the skin off his face with his teeth. Sheriff William Snyder told reporters that Harrouff was also “grunting and growling,” and “making animal noises.”

“When [the officer] got there, she realized that the offender was actually biting the victim in the face and causing what turned out to be some substantial trauma to his face from bite marks,” he told NBC Miami.

Police made several attempts to pull Harrouff off Stevens.

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“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,” Snyder told CBS12.

The deputies were eventually able to pray Harrouff away and took him into custody. Stevens was pronounced dead on the scene, and Mishcon was discovered deceased in the garage.

A police report notes that when Harrouff was arrested, he said to the officers, “Help me, I ate something bad,” and when they asked him what, he replied, “Humans.” He also asked officers to shoot him, stating, “[Expletive], just kill me. I want to die.”

The Associated Press also reports that Harouff’s mother told police that her son had been claiming to have superpowers and that his bed had been moved to the garage because he thought that there were demons in the house.

She had called 911 the night of the attack after he walked off from a meal at a restaurant, stating that she was concerned as he was “acting a little strange” and thought perhaps he had schizophrenia. Harrouff’s father has made similar remarks.

“Wade Harrouff said that after they were seated, his son complained that the food was taking too long and left. Harrouff apparently walked to his mother’s house nearby, where she said she found him about to drink cooking oil. She said she told him to stop,” the Associated Press reports. “She said she soon found him eating a bowl of cooking oil mixed with cheese. After Wade Harrouff called her, she took her son back to the restaurant.”

A friend of the teen also said that Harrouff had told him that he thought he was half-animal, half-human.

Harouff spent weeks in the hospital following the attack and suffered burns in his throat, as well as internal injuries, after consuming lawn chemicals found in his victims’ garage.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and burglary last week.

Nellie King, one of Harrouff’s attorneys, told the Palm Beach Post that although police speculated at first that Harrouff had been on flakka or bath salts because of his behavior and superhuman strength, she believes he “is struggling with severe mental illness and the judicial process will bear all of this out in due time.”

“We know this information will be of no comfort to the victims’ families and friends, but, as painful as this process is, it is critical for everyone involved to examine the facts and avoid jumping to conclusions,” King said.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    This guy must be demon-possessed. The whole thing about the zombie trend in well-fed rich nations is downright demonic, and it altogether disgraces the dead. American Sodom cannot even leave the dead alone. So sad. The world should remember that the live humans who kill unborn children are far worse than any hellish “zombies” they have crafted up. It’s ironic that those who make or watch zombie movies are actually massacring the weakest members of mankind on the planet. May Lord Jesus come back quickly.

    The Church alone can cure mankind from various barbarisms including cannibalism. “Peace Child” by Don Richardson is highly recommended. For liberating oppressed women, read Gladys Ayward. These Christian pioneer missionaries are the forever true heroes on Planet Earth. God’s truth alone liberates mankind from the worst things – be it Satanism and demon-worships and barbarisms and addictions. Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world.

    • Jenny Ondioline

      You know what Grace?
      I bet you ANYTHING he’s not demon-possessed.
      Let’s go with mental illness.

      • Oboehner

        Ladies and gentlemen, we have a psychological expert in the house!!

        • johndoe

          You or grace?

          • Oboehner

            Ladies and gentlemen, we have a troll in the house!!

          • johndoe

            Quit being that way about yourself!

        • Jenny Ondioline

          OK, Oboehner, you get your witch doctors together and I’ll assemble a team of medically trained professional psychologists and we’ll see who’s taken seriously.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            There are plenty of Christian psychiatrists who will tell you that demon possession is real. There are many who suffer mental illness who don’t go around ripping faces off of people and eating them.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            That’s why I don’t deal with Christian psychiatrists. I deal with psychiatrists.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Anything can be cured by Jesus Christ. Prisons and hospitals need the copies of the Holy Bible and true Christian ministers. Godless Western culture only worsens mental illnesses and crimes. The West should never have become so Anti-christian.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m sure you’ve had to deal plenty with psychiatrists. Pity they are limited in what they can do.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            In social work, yes we do deal with psychiatrists. Not as limited as you might think.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m sure I know more about psychiatry than you do. In fact, I know I do. 🙂 They are very limited. In fact, it’s a pseudo science that doesn’t do much good to help anyone.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            What a shame practically everyone in the solar system disagrees with you.

          • Oboehner

            Because opinions are so important.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            You brought up opinions. Not me. I’m content with scientific consensus.

          • Oboehner

            Consensus = popular opinion.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Over 98 percent consensus among scientists? Pretty good odds to me.

          • Oboehner

            More claims and opinions, how sad. Bloodletting once had a “98 percent consensus among scientists”, but alas, they were dead wrong.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            That’s the beautiful thing about science. It gets better methodology and better info and is always improving. You on the other hand say your Bible is perfect and stick to 2000 year old information.

          • Oboehner

            2000 year old information not proven wrong, the Bible was even against bloodletting when your “science” was all for it.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Did the talking snake tell you that?

          • Oboehner

            Did Piltdown man tell you to type that?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Which piltdown man? The one who was debunked by scientists and NOT Christians?

          • Oboehner

            The one that was debunked AFTER the fraud was discovered, and we also have Nebraska Man perpetrated by scientists and NOT Christians as well.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Sorry, I don’t do wacko conspiracy theory stuff. The whole of science is not trying to convince the world of a fraud it would have discovered eventually anyway.

          • Oboehner

            Now documented historical fact is wacko conspiracy theory stuff? Figures, you stick to that blind faith now and avoid anything scary.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Yeah, documented historical fact which you somehow conveniently never present, just as you never present your own belief system. Do you think people don’t notice these things? What, are you afraid you might discover that it’s YOU with blind faith, and the rest of us with science and facts?

          • Oboehner

            You are denying the fraud of Piltdown man and Nebraska man?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            No, but it wasn’t the whole of the scientific world trying to hoodwink the entire world as you seem to like to think.

          • Oboehner

            Just the evolutionists who also continue to spread the “Lucy the baboon” hoax.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Another one debunked by – guess who? – scientists. Keep trying.

          • Oboehner

            Another one created by – guess who? – “scientists”. Keep trying.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Doesn’t matter who created it. It’s science that uncovers them, and it’s NEVER religion.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The West including the USA needs the Judeo-Christian values to stay civilized.

    • johndoe

      Not at all. Common sense is all tbat is needed.

  • Faithwalker

    Someone once said that the “devil’s greatest weapon against humanity is believing that he isn’t real.” The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Praise the Lord, we have a new Master, One who can break the chains of any sin and set us free (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Mark 5:1-15).

  • Becky

    Indeed, there are drugs that alter the mind causing a sane person to behave insane. However, what about the aforementioned case…when there are no drugs to blame? The “professionals” will be quick to diagnose it as a mental illness, make the poor soul believe that his so-called mental illness can only be managed via prescribed mind-altering drugs and therapy…for the rest of his life.

    The approach towards “mental illness” is wrong…it’s secular…there’s no trust in Christ. Almighty God through Christ our Lord has shown us that demons are able to alter the mind equivalent to drugs. In Mark 9, a desperate father asked our Lord to heal his son from “a mute spirit” causing his son to foam at the mouth, gnash his teeth, and become rigid. The “unclean spirit” had attempted to kill the boy by throwing him into fire or water. Christ told the father, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (vs23). Christ rebuked the spirit and it cried out, convulsed the boy greatly, and came out of him! In Mark 5, a crazed man, who lived in tombs, had superhuman strength and would cut himself and cry out daily. When he saw Christ arrive he ran to worship him and Christ cast out many devils from within him. Those who knew the “demon-possessed” tomb-dweller noticed that he was now, “sitting and clothed and in his right mind.”.

    “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9:35

  • Crusader777

    The Demonic is very real and Christian’s need to take it seriously and incorporate deliverance into their ministries. The Great Commission orders believers to cast out demons as the first order of business.

    Mark 16

    The Great Commission
    …16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick,
    and they will be made well.”…

  • Superman

    “No hallucinogenic drugs were found in the system of a Florida teenager” — Marijuana is a hallucinogen. If you ingest enough of it, the person will kill others. I read a news article that a woman in Colorado was on the phone with 911 when she was killed by her husband who had eaten pot brownies. I’m not saying that this is what happened here; just correcting misinformation.

  • Chet

    Fighting off all means to remove this monster from the victim save one, knocking him in his head with a billy-club…

  • Miss Chrissy Vee

    I wonder if there was a Ouija board involved at some point before all of this happened.