A Florida teenager is accused of stabbing 3 folks, one fatally, “on account of his non secular ideals,” police mentioned.
Corey Johnson, 17, was once attending a sleepover at his good friend Kyle Bancroft’s house in Palm Seashore Gardens when the assault befell, consistent with Clint Shannon, Palm Seashore Gardens’ period in-between police leader.
In a press convention Tuesday afternoon, Shannon mentioned mom Elaine Simon woke up to a “commotion” and encountered the teenager with a knife.
“Upon going to test the lads, [Simon] was once met on the stairs through Johnson, who stabbed her more than one instances. At the moment [Simon’s 13-year-old son] Dane [Bancroft] ran towards Johnson to offer protection to his mom, and Johnson started to stab Dane. The 2 have been in a position to flee the house and ran to a neighbor who referred to as 911,” Shannon mentioned.
Responding officials arrested the teenager on the scene, Shannon mentioned.
Jovanni Emblem, 13, was once discovered lifeless in the house, having suffered more than one stab wounds and a throat laceration, consistent with Shannon. Simon and her son Dane Bancroft are lately at St. Mary’s Scientific Middle and are indexed in strong situation, Shannon mentioned. Simon was once stabbed 12 instances, whilst Dane was once stabbed 32 instances, Shannon mentioned.
Kyle Bancroft was once on the house on the time of the incident and was once unhurt, consistent with Shannon.
“Johnson has confessed his movements to investigations, pointing out he stabbed the sufferers on account of his non secular ideals,” Shannon mentioned, including Johnson had transformed to Islam.
Consistent with the incident record, Johnson “felt Dane ‘made amusing of his Muslim religion and the truth that [he] prayed and kissed the bottom.’”
Shannon additionally mentioned that his division had gained knowledge in regards to the teenager from a prior FBI investigation. The ideas “advised officials to make use of warning if touch was once made” and “involved [the teen’s] violent dispositions,” Shannon mentioned.
When requested if the incident was once related to ISIS, Shannon spoke back, “Now not from what we’ve exposed, however we perceive he has been gazing violent movies, which could have some hyperlink to ISIS.”
Johnson has been charged with one depend of first-degree homicide, and two counts of tried first-degree homicide. He’s being held on the Palm Seashore County Juvenile Detention Middle and waiting for arraignment, consistent with Shannon.