Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a press conference that the suspect, 39-year-old Shaun Runyon, was in Polk County, Florida with a Pennsylvania electric company doing work for Publix Supermarkets’ when a dispute at work caused him to return to his company rented residence and attack several people.
Police say Runyon punched a supervisor at work around 2 A.M. on Friday and fled work. He was not seen or heard from until Saturday morning around 9:45 when police received a report of a murder in Davenport, Florida in a neighborhood where he and his co-workers were being housed by their employer.
According to police, the 39-year-old beat one victim to death with a baseball bat while they were asleep in bed and a second victim was found dead on the front porch. A third victim was beaten significantly and is in the hospital in “extremely critical condition.” A fourth victim was hit in the neck with the bat by Runyon but escaped the scene. Three more victims, including a 7-year-old girl, escaped without being harmed.
After the attack, Runyon fled the scene and knocked on the door of a home in Lake Wales, Florida while covered in blood and telling homeowners he had been raped. He then shed his bloody clothes and went to a hospital at the suggestion of the homeowners where he was taken into custody by police.
Runyon has confessed to knowing the victims but police do not know a motive as of yet.
“We had no idea what outraged him so bad that more than 24 hours later that he would come back and make an attempt to kill every one of them,” the sheriff told members of the media.
Judd added that Runyon had a previous criminal history in Pennsylvania that includes a violent arrest related to strangulation.