On Monday, a 17-year-old Florida teenager murdered a 13-year-old boy by first stabbing him repeatedly and then slitting his throat at a sleepover party, claiming later he watched jihadist videos and read the Koran “to give him courage to carry out his intentions.”
Corey Johnson was sleeping over at the home of Kyle Bancroft, also 17; also home at the time were Bancroft’s mother, Elaine Simon, Kyle’s 13-year-old brother Dane, and Dane’s friend, 13-year-old Jovanni Sierra, who celebrated his 13th birthday on Monday.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Jupiter Police, Palm Beach County School District police and the FBI had previously received “intelligence gathering” on Johnson that prompted an investigation into his “alleged violent tendencies.”
After the murder, Johnson allegedly informed police that he had awakened at 4 a.m. and had an urge to kill Simon; Dane Bancroft; and Jovanni Sierra; all three were asleep.
Fox News reported:
Johnson and Kyle Bancroft allegedly watched violent jihadist videos the night before the 17-year-old carried out the deadly stabbing. Using a knife he brought to the home, Johnson stabbed Sierra multiple times before slitting his throat. Simon, apparently hearing Sierra moaning in pain, began walking upstairs around 6 a.m. when Johnson allegedly lunged at her. Police say he stabbed her at least a dozen times before she fell down the stairs. Dane was stabbed 32 times while attempting to help his mother, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Dane allegedly had “made fun of” Johnson’s Islamic beliefs, according to the police report that quoted Johnson, who also stated that Sierra allegedly referred to celebrities as “gods,” which he said upset him.
Simon ran to a neighbor, who recalled later, “She rang my bell, she’s bleeding. … Corey Johnson is out there with a knife. He’s a murderer. That’s all I know. They’re trying to help the kid the kids filled with blood.”
On Tuesday, a spokesman for St. Mary’s Medical Center said Simon was in good condition but he could not comment on Dane Bancroft’s condition because he is a minor.
Johnson, who barricaded himself in a room, was taken into custody by the city’s SWAT team.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was told before the murder that Johnson reached out to ISIS online and said he wanted to join them. Police reportedly were planning to file charges against Johnson, who recently withdrew from William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, for international school threats one week before the murderous attacks.