The Latest: Florida Sheriff Says Attacker Caught Biting Face

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a couple by an attacker caught biting the dead man’s face (all times local):

12 noon.

Authorities in Florida have identified the man they say fatally stabbed a couple in a random attack outside their home and wounded a neighbor who tried to save them.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said Tuesday that deputies captured 19-year-old Florida State University student Austin Harrouff as he was biting the dead man’s face in their driveway in Tequesta, an affluent coastal community north of Palm Beach.

Snyder said Harrouff has no criminal record and may have been on hallucinogenic drugs when he attacked the couple late Monday. They’re running tests for multiple substances.

The sheriff says the neighbor who tried to intervene was stabbed and has been hospitalized with “substantial trauma” but is expected to survive.

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9:53 a.m.

Authorities in Florida say a man who may have been on a hallucinogenic drug fatally stabbed a married couple, biting off part of the man’s face before wounding a would-be rescuer.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters Tuesday that a man in his 20s may have been on drugs when he attacked the couple at their Tequesta home late Monday and the neighbor who tried to stop him. Authorities were still trying to confirm the suspect’s identity.

Snyder said deputies found the man on top of the dead husband and it took several attempts to pull him off. The names of the victims haven’t been released. Snyder said the neighbor is hospitalized with “substantial trauma.”

Snyder said deputies are also searching for a 26-year-old woman associated with the suspect, saying she might also be a victim.

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