LISTEN: Florida jogger calls 911 after teen tries to carry out alleged murder plan: deputies

We're hearing the 911 call made from a Central Florida jogger who was allegedly attacked by a teenager. Deputies say that teen had plans to choke him, kill him and then hide the body in a closet "to fulfill his sexual fantasies."

Jogger: "A man just tried to choke me from behind."

911: "Do you know who this man is?"

Jogger: "Absolutely not."

911: Does he have any weapons on him?"

Jogger: "He tried to choke me with what looks like a tie or a piece of rope."

The jogger stays calm during the call with 911 as the dispatcher asks him questions. 

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"I’ve got him detained on the ground right now. I need the cops here immediately." 

"You made a dumb decision today," the man told suspect Logan Smith in the 911 call.

Smith, 18, of Cocoa, is charged with attempted murder after investigators said he attacked a jogger in the area of Batavia and Kings Highway. Smith's plan was foiled when he was overpowered by his victim and detained until deputies arrived at the scene, according to an arrest report.

Investigators said prior to the alleged attack, Smith had gathered items to include a rubber mallet, an aerosol Axe deodorant can and a clothing robe belt – all placed in the driveway of his residence between two parked cars.

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"The defendant walked directly across his street where he hid behind a light pole. He placed the mallet and the Axe aerosol on the ground next to him while he waited for the [victim] to come running down the street as he did regularly for exercise. The defendant waited for the victim to run past the light pole and proceeded to run after him," a deputy wrote in the arrest affidavit. "The defendant then tossed the clothing robe belt over the victim's head until it was around the front area of the victim's neck."

According to deputies, the victim said he immediately realized what was happening and used his martial arts training to turn the tables on his attacker.

Deputies said Smith told them he had been watching the victim for about six weeks, studying his routine as he exercised, which consisted of the victim running past Smith's house. He explained that he had made the decision to kill the victim after watching a movie that showed violent, murderous acts, according to the arrest report.

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Smith said he was going to kill the victim by strangulation, before dragging his body into his home on the bedsheet, deputies said. He explained that the mallet would be used to strike the victim and the aerosol would be used to spray the victim's eyes, disabling his vision, deputies said.


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"He further planned to place the victim's body into his closet where the defendant stated no one would know, and the defendant could have the victim's body all to himself. The defendant stated that he also planned to play with the victim to fulfill his sexual fantasies," the arrest report said.

Deputies said the victim told them that he typically runs about four times a week and has never met Smith, seen him, or spoken to him.

Smith is being held without bond at the Brevard County Jail.

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