Sheriff: Intruder smashes through window, attacks residents

A 19-year-old man is accused of smashing through the front window of a Florida home and attacking a woman and her son early Sunday morning.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told media outlets that the man was using a designer drug that didn’t appear in a database of the narcotics analyzer used by investigators.

“We don’t know what we are working with,” Snyder said, adding that deputies obtained a sample of the drug the man was taking from one of his friends.

The sheriff said the drug is either so new that it hasn’t been updated in the TrueNarc analyzer, or it’s a drug no one has seen before.

Early Sunday morning, Snyder said, the woman heard someone outside her house saying, “Sorry, I’m going to die.” A short time later, the man jumped through the plate-glass window in the front of her home and grabbed her by the shoulder. She broke away and screamed for her adult son.

According to Synder, the son, who weighed 100 pounds more than the man, fought him from one end of the house to the other. Meanwhile, his mother hit the man on the head several times with a baseball bat.

“During the fight, the intruder displayed extreme strength and high tolerance to pain,” according to a news release.

Snyder said deputies handcuffed the man and bound his feet because he was kicking them. They took him by ambulance to a hospital because “he was too violent to be placed in a rescue helicopter,” deputies said.

The woman was treated at a hospital after being injured by broken glass. Her son wasn’t injured.

“They were pretty shocked by this,” Snyder said. “The victim’s house is within walking distance of where the suspect was and they don’t know each other. It was just another random crash into someone’s house.”

The sheriff said the circumstances were similar to the Aug. 15 case involving a 19-year-old man who attacked a couple at their home in southern Martin County. In that case, deputies said Austin Harrouff, who was home for summer break from Florida State University, attacked John Stevens, 59, and his wife Michelle Mishcon, 53. Both died at the scene. Deputies said they found Harrouff biting Stevens’ face and stomach.

Harrouff has been in a West Palm Beach hospital since that night. On Friday, authorities said he regained consciousness. Snyder said he’ll be charged with two counts of first-degree murder when he’s released from the hospital. He also faces charges for attacking a neighbor who tried to help Stevens and Mishcon.



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