Two people have died and a third is not expected to survive Florida after the Florida authorities say a man went mad at a baseball bat and a knife.
Polk County sheriff Grady Judd so during a press conference that the suspect, 39-year-old Shaun Runyon, was in Polk County, Florida, with a Pennsylvania electric company working for Publix Supermarkets’ when a dispute at work caused him to return to the company’s rented homes and attack more people.
Police say Runyon beat a supervisor at work around 2 a.m. Friday and fled. He was not seen or heard from until Saturday morning around 9:45 a.m. when police received a report of a murder in Davenport, Florida, in a neighborhood where Runyon and his staff were being lodged by their employer.
According to police, the 39-year-old killed one victim with a baseball bat while the victim was sleeping in bed, and another victim was found dead on the porch. A third victim was beaten and is in a hospital in “extremely critical condition”. A fourth victim was hit in the neck with a bat by Runyon, but escaped. Another three victims, including a 7-year-old girl, escaped unharmed.
After the attack, Runyon fled and knocked on the door of a home in Lake Wales, Florida, covered in blood and told homeowners that he had been raped. Then he threw away his bloody clothes and went to a hospital at the suggestion of the homeowners. He was apprehended by police at the hospital.
Runyon has confessed to knowing the victims, but police do not know a motive yet.
“We had no idea what made him so angry that more than 24 hours later he would come back and make an attempt to kill them all,” the sheriff told the media.
Judd added that Runyon had a previous criminal history in Pennsylvania that includes a violent arrest related to suffocation.