The owner of beloved Knaus Berry Farm was hospitalized in Florida on Friday after her son brutally attacked her and his father with a flashlight at their home, according to multiple reports.
While police aren’t releasing the identities of the individuals involved at this time, WSVN-TV reported that Rachel Knaus Grafe and Herbert Grafe were attacked by their son, 40-year-old Travis Grafe.
Officers responded around 8:20 p.m. to a violent domestic dispute in the 15700 block of SW 248 Street, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
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An injured husband and wife at the home told responding officers that their son attacked them with a “blunt object” before he fled the scene,” according to investigators.
A family friend told WTVJ-TV that they were “extremely shocked and upset” over the incident.
“I’ve just heard that Travis wanted money, and his mom wouldn’t give it to him, and he beat her pretty bad – close to death – with a flashlight,” the person said.
The mother was airlifted and listed in critical condition.
Travis Grafe was later found at a home of a friend in the 15900 block of Southwest 240th Street, where a friend told police he heard Grafe say he thought he had killed his mother. The friend also told police he heard Grafe threaten his father Herbert to give him money or else the father would be killed.
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Travis Grafe, 40, faces charges including attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count of domestic violence.
Knaus Grafe is an owner of Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead, known for its cinnamon buns and other homemade baked goods.
The family-owned business was closed Saturday, with a sign outside reading that the closure was due to a family emergency, according to local reports.
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