Florida teen stabs 3 people, killing 1, 'because of his religious beliefs'



The Jupiter resident was a student at Dwyer High School and was recently withdrawn, Shannon said.

Corey Johnson, 17, was attending a sleepover at his friend Kyle Bancroft's home in Palm Beach Gardens when the attack occurred, according to Clint Shannon, Palm Beach Gardens' interim police chief. The FBI, the Jupiter Police Department and school district police had investigated the teen suspect a year ago 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.

Responding officers arrested the teen at the scene, Shannon said.

Around that time, Simon heard a commotion coming from upstairs and when she went to check on the boys, she was met at the stairs by Johnson who stabbed her multiple times.

Simon told police that Dane ran toward Johnson "to protect his mother and Johnson then began to stab Dane".

The boy and his mother ran to a neighbor's house where the neighbor called 911, saying a woman who rang his bell was "bleeding like insane".

"She says there's a killer out there, I don't know what she's talking about", the unidentified caller says in a recording of the call obtained by CBS affiliate WPEC.

"No, she's dying over here! There's a murderer here, you gotta get somebody here", the caller says.

Police arrived and found Simon's 15-year-old son in the home uninjured and the teen suspect barricaded in a room.

Police say that Kyle was unharmed during the incident, his mother was stabbed 12 times, and his younger brother Dane was stabbed 32 times.

According to the incident report, Johnson "felt Dane 'made fun of his Muslim faith and the fact that [he] prayed and kissed the ground'".

Johnson told police that he watched violent videos on the Internet and "was reading The Quaran from his phone just prior to the attack to give him courage to carry out his intentions", the probable cause affidavit states.

Johnson told police that Jovanni was idolizing famous people and referencing them as gods, which went against his Muslim faith, the affidavit said.

Brand died of a throat laceration and multiple stab wounds, reports WPEC.

Simon and her 13-year-old son remain hospitalized.

Corey Johnson, 17, faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with Monday morning's triple stabbing at the BallenIsles Country Club.

The local Islamic community has condemned expressions of their faith that involve any form of violence. Wilfredo Ruiz, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida, told the Palm Beach Post that officials of the mosque told him they do not recall seeing the boy or knowing of him.