Face-Biting Florida Teen: “I Ate…Humans”

Police Asked What Austin Harrouff Ate: ‘Humans’

Austin Harrouff made headlines after turning into a ‘zombie’ one night in Miami. The teen is accused of killing a couple in their South Florida home, then biting the face off of one of the victims, say police.

Details revealed in court documents filed in Martin County, obtained by the Palm Beach Post, highlighted the conversation between Harrouff and authorities during the arrest.

“Help me, I ate something bad,” said Harrouff.

“What did you eat?” asked a sergeant.


The documents also revealed that while Harrouff was at a hospital following his arrest, a detective saw him “spit out what appeared to him to be human flesh.” The detective also noted that he saw the Florida State University student with human hair in his mouth.

Photo: Martin County Sheriff's Office.
Photo: Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Harrouff was released about a month ago from the hospital and is facing two counts of second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and burglary of a dwelling. Investigators say he stabbed John Stevens III, 59. and Michelle Mishcon, 53, to death in the garage of their home on Southeast Kokomo Lane.

When deputies arrived to the scene on that August 15 night, they found Harrouff on top of Stevens, “apparently attempting to bite the male victim around the chest,” said court documents.  One of the deputies witnessed Harrouff actually biting the male victims face numerous of times and spitting out the man’s flesh. Another deputy recounted upon his arrival he saw Harrouff chewing the side of Stevens’ face.

At that point one deputy ordered Harrouff off of Stevens at gunpoint and then a second deputy used a Taser on Harrouff, but the suspect still didn’t let go of the victim.

The deputy said he kicked Harrouff in the head several times and he got off of the man for a minute, but immediately jumped back on him and began chewing his face again.

Sheriff William Snyder said Harrouff exhibited an extreme amount of strength. A Tequesta K-9 officer arrived and released his dog who latched onto Harrouff allowing deputies to handcuff him. Once they were finally able to get Harrouff off of Stevens he began yelling, “(Expletive) kill me, (expletive) kill me, shoot me now, I deserve to die,” said authorities.

Initially officers thought Harrouff was high on flakka, a synthetic drug. The Associated Press reported that the FBI is now involved in drug testing for this case.

Harrouff spent weeks in the hospital before he was released and transported to jail.