A Florida man on a manic rampage attacked a flea market clerk with a samurai sword and savagely beat an 82-year-old man with a pole because he was haunted by poltergeists and wanted to “kill all that was evil,” police said.
Jovaughn Walker was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, carjacking and possession of marijuana for his Sunday spree through two Lauderhill shops — a duet of violence that was caught on surveillance video.
“I have seen the (surveillance) video tapes, and these attacks seem to have come out of the blue,” Maj. Rick Rocco told the Sun-Sentinel. “All of a sudden, he just snapped.”
After the attacks, the 21-year-old “began making statements about seeing poltergeist and wanting to kill all that was evil,” witnesses told police, according to a report.
Poltergeists, a type of ghost prominent in German folklore, terrorized the Freeling family in the 1982 movie of the same name.
Walker’s bizarre rampage began when he a carjacked a Ford pickup truck from a driver stopped at an intersection in Deerfield Beach Sunday morning, police said. He put the driver in a headlock, pushed him out of the car and sped away in the stolen truck.
He drove to a Laderhill Shell gas station around 10 a.m. and stared down an 82-year-old man pumping gas. When the customer went inside the shop, Walker followed — and the pulled a metal rod from his pocket, police said.
The attacker stuck the man several times in front of shocked customers before dashing away in the jacked pickup, video showed. The man suffered several facial cuts that took 18 stitches to close.
About an hour later, Walker showed up at Lauderhill’s Swap Shop, a flea market and drive-in theater. He went to a booth specializing in knives and scissors, grabbed a 3-foot samurai word on display and started to swing the weapon at the store clerk, police said.
Walker slashed his second victim at least eight times, and video showed the sword-wielding madman keep striking even after the clerk fell to the ground. The shop keep — who suffered cuts to his hands and was treated at a local hospital — told police Walker was “trying to kill.”
Walker fled to a parking lot where he told witnesses that he was haunted by the German ghosts and wanted to kill the world’s evil, police said.