WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Investigators say a Texas man is believed to have eaten a family pet in what may be another synthetic drug-fueled "zombie" attack.
Michael Terron Daniel, 22, of Waco, was is charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal after the bizarre incident on June 14. Our sister station KWTX reports a man claiming to be on the synthetic drug K-2 chased a neighbor while barking and growling like a dog. He then attacked a family dog, which he beat, strangled and then started to eat.
Daniel was arrested Monday at his workplace without incident, police said.
A 911 call placed at the time described the suspect as "going crazy."
The man, who evidently assaulted several people at the home and told them he "was on a bad trip from ingesting K-2," got down "on his hands and knees and chased a neighbor while barking and growling like a dog," according to witnesses, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday.
The man then took a medium-sized black dog onto the front porch of the home where he beat and strangled the animal and then "began to bite into the dog, ripping pieces of flesh away," Swanton said.
The dog died at the scene.
Officers found Daniel sitting on the porch with blood on his hands, clothing and face, Swanton said.
He was "initially incoherent and unresponsive," Swanton said, and was taken to Providence Health Center by ambulance.
While waiting for paramedics to arrive, Daniel allegedly asked officers to fight him or use a stun gun "to help him get off his bad trip."
Officers did neither, Swanton said.
K-2 is a form of synthetic marijuana. None of the chemicals the herbal product contains is a copy of anything found in cannabis, although the effects can be similar. Studies suggest synthetic cannabis use is associated with psychosis and the exacerbation of existing psychotic disorders.
Extreme paranoia, hallucinations and violent behavior have also been reported.