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Man attacks several people after hearing demons, police say

Man seen with unknown object in hand

Fred Demesmin, 21
Fred Demesmin, 21 (BUNNELL POLICE DEPARTMENT)

BUNNELL, Fla. – A man who yelled "I hate America" while swinging a pipe at a store cash register made comments earlier that demons were after him and that he needed to go out and kill someone, authorities said.

Police said Fred Demesmin, 21, of Bunnell was seen around 5:30 a.m. Monday striking a vehicle with something that was believed to be a firearm in the area of Deen Road and North Railroad Street in Dunnell.

Flagler County sheriff's deputies saw Demesmin carrying an unknown object. After the deputies gave several stop commands to Demesmin, he dropped the object and began running away from them, deputies said.

Authorities said that when another deputy pulled his car in front of Demesmin, he stopped running but kept walking with his hands in the air. The deputy used his Taser to subdue Demesmin after he ignored several commands to stop.

While Demesmin was being treated by Flagler County Fire Rescue, he screamed several statements about loving Haiti and hating America, deputies said.

Officers said that after they placed Demesmin in the prisoner compartment of the patrol car they received a dispatch that a man with Demesmin's description had  smashed a cash register with a metal pole while screaming, "I hate America."

The deputies drove to the store, and the store clerk identified Demesmin as the man who screamed "I hate America" and swung the pipe at the counter, hitting the register, deputies said.

One of the deputies contacted Demesmin's girlfriend, who told them that he had not slept well for the past couple of days and that he had made several statements that demons were after him and that he needed to go out and kill someone. The girlfriend said she didn't call the police because she didn't want them to hurt him. While she was being interviewed, she became uncooperative with the deputies and refused to complete a sworn statement, deputies said.

Demesmin was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, resisting arrest without violence and carrying a concealed weapon.