Owners of Famous Knaus Berry Farm Attacked at Home, Shocking Suspect Arrested

The owners of Florida’s well-known Knaus Berry Farm were injured Friday night in an assault that led to their son being arrested. Rachel Knaus Grafe, 66, was reported in critical condition from the assault and was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to CBS. Herbert Grafe, her husband, was also injured but less severely. Details of their injuries were not released. The attack took place at the family’s South Miami-Dade home, according to WSVN-TV. Miami-Dade police said they responded at about 8:20 p.m. on Friday. According to CBS, a source it did not name but called a “senior law enforcement source” said the Grafes were both beaten with a flashlight. The individual who attacked them “demanded money from them and then beat them both,” the source alleged. The source said that Travis Grafe, 40, fled the house and went to a neighbor’s residence, where he told the neighbor what had taken place. Travis Grafe was arrested there without incident. According to CBS, Travis Grafe was arrested in 2013 on charges that included assault, burglary and possession of a fire bomb. He was later found to be not mentally competent, leading to the dismissal of the charges. In 2015, Rachel Knaus Grafe sought and received guardianship of Travis Grafe, saying he was “totally incapacitated” and “suffered and continues to suffer from traumatic brain injury.” CBS reported that the brain injury was suffered roughly 20 years ago. Travis Grafe has been charged with one count of premeditated attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery and attempted strongarm robbery in connection with Friday’s incident. Knaus Berry Farm was opened in 1959 by the Knaus family and remains family-owned. On Saturday, the iconic location was closed, according to WPLG-TV. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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