PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Police say a South Florida teen accused of going on a fatal stabbing rampage at a sleepover admitted to the attack and said it was over his religious beliefs.
The 17-year-old suspect said he had recently converted to Islam and admitted watching extremist videos online about jihadists that encourage death to non-believers before the attack in which a 13-year-old boy died, a probable cause affidavit says. The FBI, the Jupiter Police Department and school district police had investigated the teen suspect last year because of concerns about the violent videos and his alleged “violent tendencies,” Palm Beach Gardens interim police chief Clint Shannon said at a Monday press conference.
Police say the incident happened early Monday while the suspect, who is charged as a juvenile, was spending the night at the Palm Beach Gardens home of a 15-year-old friend and the friend’s younger brother, 13. Also in the home were the boys’ mother Elaine Simon and another 13-year-old boy who was also attending the sleepover.
Police say the teen suspect waited until everyone was asleep and then fatally stabbed the 13-year-old guest, Jovanni Brand, Palm Beach Gardens police say in the probable cause affidavit. Simon heard what she thought was Brand moaning and went to the top of the stairs, where the suspect allegedly attacked her with a knife and stabbed her about 12 times.
The suspect told police he felt Simon’s 13-year-old son “made fun of” his religious beliefs and the way the suspect prayed. He allegedly admitted to watching violent extremist videos on a cellphone with Simon’s 15-year-old son the day before the stabbing rampage.
He said Jovanni Brand, the victim who died, was “idealizing famous people and referencing them as Gods.” He told police he read the Quran prior to the attack to “give him courage to carry out his intentions.”
Horrific, barbaric, not sure if there are words that accurately describe such evil. Of course the left, as always, will ignore this terror attack, or sweep it under the rug of political correctness.