Face-Biting Murder Suspect Austin Harrouff Pulled From Dr. Phill Interview

Face-biting murder suspect Austin Harrouff.
Face-biting murder suspect Austin Harrouff. (Photo: Martin County Sheriff's Office)

TEQUESTA, Florida – Producers of the Dr. Phil show have pulled an interview of face-biting suspect Austin Harrouff out of respect for the victims.

Harrouff, 19, is a suspect in a face-biting attack and double murder near Tequesta in August. Dr. Phil interviewed him approximately two weeks after the attack.

Harrouff is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of John Stevens, 59, and his wife Michelle Mishcon, 53, at their home.

Earlier this month, authorities arrested Harrouff after he was released from the hospital.

In August, Martin County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home where Stevens and Mishcon lived.

Sheriff William Snyder said a neighbor called to report he had been stabbed after trying to intervene and stop the violent attack between the suspect and Stevens.

When deputies arrived, they found Harrouff on top of the Stevens who was laying in the driveway of his home. The sheriff said Harrouff was biting the victim on the face, removing flesh from the victim’s face with his teeth.

It took multiple deputies using a stun gun and a K-9 to pry Harrouff off the helpless victim.

Prior to the attack, Harriouff was with friends at a restaurant, Duffy’s Bar and Grill, before becoming agitated. He stormed out of the restaurant and arrived at the randomly picked out the Stevens’ home.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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