LARGO — A 19-year-old man faces two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of two women, whom police say he followed home and attacked.
Detectives believe Sage Gayle Curry, of Largo, trailed the victims to their home on or near the 1000 block of Eighth Avenue NW after seeing them in public, according to the Largo Police Department.
Officers discovered Curry after a neighbor called 911. When they arrived, police said that inside the residence they found two women dead on the floor.
Curry was read his rights, according to police, and told officers he entered the home through a window and attacked the two women “with the sharpest kitchen knife he could find” — a butcher knife — an officer wrote in an arrest report.
He repeatedly stabbed the first victim in the chest while she slept, police said. The second woman tried to defend her, injuring Curry before he fatally stabbed her multiple times in the face and neck.
Curry left the house and, injured, sought help from the neighbor who then called 911, police said.
The attack is “believed to be a random act,” Largo police said in a statement released Tuesday, but “that could change as the investigation continues.” Police said the 19-year-old has “no known relationship” with the women but did not say how he was injured.
Largo police have not released the names of the victims, their ages or explained their relationship. They said the victims’ next-of-kin invoked Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution that allows crime victims or their families to withhold their identities from public police accounts.
Arrest reports indicate that Curry showed signs of mental health issues, but it did not elaborate. Alcohol and drugs were not involved, according to the report.
Curry also faces a charge of armed burglary. There are no records of previous arrests in Pinellas County.
He was booked into the county jail about 6:39 p.m. and was being held there Tuesday without bail. Court records did not list an attorney for him.