The synthetic drug “Smiles” may have been behind the fatal attack allegedly carried out by “Sons of Anarchy” actor Johnny Lewis on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sources told the publication that detectives believe the hallucinogenic drug, C2-I, could have fueled Lewis into allegedly attacking and killing an 81 year old woman, from whom he is believed to have rented a room. He also allegedly dismembered her cat.
Lewis was found dead in the driveway of a home on Lowry Road in Los Angeles, after falling on his head from a balcony or roof.
The Times reports the incident began shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday when police were notified of a woman screaming and three men fighting.
Los Angeles Police Sgt. Frank Preciado told the newspaper that Lewis allegedly scaled a wall, fought with a house painter at a neighbor’s home, and then headed back to the home of Catherine Davis. He then climbed the wall again to fight with the painter and a neighbor.
Witnesses told the Times that Lewis appeared to have “superhuman strength,” as three people attempted to stop his altercation with the painter. They said he was not fazed by blows thrown at him, which appeared to do as much damage as if they had hit “him with a fly swatter.”
The neighbor, his wife, and the painter fled inside the neighbor’s home to escape Lewis and it took all three of them to keep him out by barricading the door.
The drug Smiles has been described as the new bath salts, which made headlines in June 2012, after a number of gruesome attacks took place by those under the influence, who appeared to exhibit “zombie-like” behavior because many would bite or eat the flesh off of victims, according to the International Business Times.
Lewis is probably best known for his role on “Sons of Anarchy,” in which he portrayed Kip “Half-Sack” Epps. The creator of the series, Kurt Sutter tweeted Thursday, “wish i could say that i was shocked by the events last night, but i was not. i am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path.”
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