TEQUESTA (CBSMiami) – A recently released 911 call of a bizarre break-in shares eerily similar qualities to the Tequesta face-biting attack.
“I need police! I got someone just broke in my house and came right through my window. I’m bleeding.”
You hear the terror in the 911 caller’s voice.
It was early Sunday morning when a stranger, 19-year-old Nico Gallo, went hurling through the window of Nancy Largent’s Stuart home. She described it like a cannonball.
911 OPERATOR: “Is he armed?”
LARGENT: “Hurry! Hurry!”
When Largent’s son and his girlfriend heard the commotion, the son ran to help. Largent grabbed a baseball bat.
911 OPERATOR: “Ma’am, I need you to talk to me.”
LARGENT: “I just hit him with a baseball bat.”
In all, she hit him 12 times but she said that didn’t stop him.
LARGENT: “Two more on the head from him.”
911 OPERATOR: “You hit him on the head twice?”
LARGENT: “I just hit him two more times, he won’t leave us alone. He’s just going crazy, he’s attacking.”
As Largent and her son waited for sheriff’s deputies to arrive, they did all they could to hold him down.
LARGENT: “My son’s got him in a grip on the sofa. I don’t know how long he can hold him and he’s not letting up.”
Barbara Allen witnessed the bizarre fight.
“Luckily, we had a strong man that was able to hold him down and a woman with a bat. It could have been a lot, lot worse than it was,” Allen said.
Largent just kept thinking about what happened in Tequesta a few weeks ago – where college student Austin Harrouff is accused of killing John and Michelle Stevens, then biting John’s face and stomach.
Harrouff is still in the hospital, but the sheriff says not for long.
“He’s beginning to respond more now. He has facial expressions when he sees his mother. He nods his head,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said. “So yes, he’s coming out of heavy sedation and the effects of the narcotics.”
Investigators say tests show Gallo was on a flakka-like drug and that his friend told them they were using methylone and acid before leading investigators to a home where these drugs were found.
“The friend noted that he brought the drugs from Margate,” said Sheriff William Snyder. “We know that that part of South Florida has been the epicenter for these designer drugs.”
Margate police issued a news release late Monday night.
It says that Margate police detectives and other Broward law enforcement agencies are actively working cases involving the designer drug taken by a suspected attacker in Martin County over the weekend.
However, Margate Police said, “(T)he City of Margate should not be considered the ‘Epicenter’ of this designer drug, contrary to the statement issued earlier today by (the) Martin County Sheriff’s Office.”
Margate police said they have reviewed their cases and found what they call “minimal” interactions with people using these types of designer drugs.