Tallahassee man arrested for attempted murder of parents

Published: Apr. 5, 2019 at 3:03 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

April 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man has been arrested on attempted homicide charges, accused in an attack on his parents that left them both hospitalized.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for a reported stabbing at a home in the 4400 block of Rabbit Pond Road, located off of Velda Dairy Road.

LCSO says it started when the suspect, 28-year-old Austin Day, got into an argument with his parents.

According to arrest documents, the argument broke out of over what his parents had cooked for him. The mother told police that Day had been suffering from physical ailments that caused him to lose a significant amount of weight and to be in pain. His mother said he had also been acting increasingly paranoid and "something wasn't right."

Day reportedly became upset that the pork chop his parents had cooked was too acidic and accused his parents of "trying to poison him."

The parents told police that they had then offered to cook him something else and said Day appeared to calm down. His mother said Day walked down the hallway and appeared to be be very quiet, "just staring at everything." She noted that she had never seen him behave this way before.

The arrest report states that without warning, the mother saw in her peripheral vision that Day grabbed a heavy glass mug. She said before she had time to react, Day struck her over the head with it, knocking her to the ground. Deputies say Day also struck his father with what he believed to be a frying pan and then grabbed what the father described as a large butcher knife and stabbed him in the chest.

The father said he was able to wrestle the knife away from Day and he "backed off." The parents later told police they felt Day was going to kill them if they did not escape, and managed to get away and run to a neighbor's house for help. Day reportedly ran out the back door.

The mother and father were taken by ambulance to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Day fled the scene prior to LCSO arriving at the home, but was located by deputies a short time later.

During his arrest, Day told deputies, "Just go ahead and take me to jail," and requested a lawyer. Deputies say Day then said that he had left the house with the knife and said, "I want to talk and tell what I did, but I need to get my head straight first."

Both the mother and father suffered serious head injuries requiring several staples and sutures. The father also suffered stab wounds and an internal brain bleed from the force with which he was struck, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the report.

Day was arrested on two counts each of aggravated battery and attempted homicide. He remains in the Leon County Detention Facility. Court records show Day has no prior criminal charges in Leon County.