Murder Suspect Found Eating Victim’s Face at Crime Scene in Florida

(Photo: Marin County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office via The (Stuart, Fla.) News)
(Photo: Marin County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office via The (Stuart, Fla.) News)

A 23-year-old male suspect is in custody in a double murder after Florida deputies found him on top of one of two stabbing victims, biting off pieces of his face, said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

A husband and wife, in their late 40s or early 50s, were stabbed to death about 9:20 p.m. Monday on Southeast Kokomo Lane in Tequesta, Fla., the sheriff said. Tequesta is about 22 miles north of West Palm Beach. She was in the garage. Her husband was outside on the driveway and the suspect was on top of him as deputies arrived.

It took a number of deputies and a K-9 dog using “as much force as physically possibly” to get the suspect off, Snyder said. The suspect, of an unknown address, was taken to a Palm Beach hospital for treatment. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, he had not been jailed in Martin County, according to jail officials. Deputies are looking into whether he gave a false name.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if it (a cause) was Flakka (a drug),” Snyder said, but that won’t be known until toxicology reports are in.

In order to get the suspect off the victim, the suspect was shocked with a stun gun and then bitten by a police dog, said Trisha Kukuvka, a Martin County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Flakka is a synthetic cathinone drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP). The institute says it is similar to “bath salts.”

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SOURCE: Will Greenlee, Elliott Jones and Laurie K. Blandford
The (Stuart, Fla.) News