May 29th, 2012
08:42 AM ET

Reports: Miami 'zombie' attacker may have been using 'bath salts'

A naked man who chewed off the face of another man in what is being called a zombie-like attack may have been under the influence of "bath salts," a drug referred to as the new LSD, according to reports from CNN affiliates in Miami.

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The horrific attack occurred Saturday and was only stopped after a police officer shot the attacker several times, killing him.

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Larry Vega witnessed the attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway. He told CNN affiliate WSVN he saw one naked man chewing off the face of another naked man.

Rudy Eugene

"The guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, 'Get off!'" Vega told WSVN. "You know it's like the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin."

"It was just a blob of blood," WSVN quoted Vega as saying. "You couldn't really see, it was just blood all over the place."

Vega said he flagged down a passing police officer.

"When the officer approached him, told him to stop, pointed a gun at him, he turned around and growled like a wild animal and kept eating at the man's face," Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar told CNN affiliate WPLG.

The attacker was identified by Miami-Dade Police as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. Miami-Dade referred CNN to Miami Police for all other details of the investigation.

Augilar said he suspects the attacker was under the influence of "bath salts." Four other drug use instances in Miami-Dade bear resemblances to Saturday's attack, he told WPLG.

"It causes them to go completely insane and become very violent" and take off their clothes, Augilar told WPLG.

Dr. Paul Adams, an emergency room physician at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, told CNN affiliate WFOR that the drug makes users delirious. They exhibit elevated temperatures and extreme physical strength, Adams said.

“I took care of a 150 pound individual who you would have thought he was 250 pounds,” WFOR quoted Adams as saying. “It took six security officers to restrain the individual.”

Adams said users have been known to use their jaws as weapons, according to WFOR.

According to a 2011 report from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals.

"Doctors and clinicians at U.S. poison centers have indicated that ingesting or snorting 'bath salts' containing synthetic stimulants can cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions," according to the NIDA report.

In October, the Drug Enforcement Administration made possession of the stimulants in bath salts, Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone, illegal under an emergency order. The order lasts for a year with a possible six-month extension.

The stimulants have been placed under restrictions or banned in 37 states, according to a DEA press release.

The victim of Saturday's attack, whom police have not identified, was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial on Monday, according to the WPLG report. Augilar told WPLG that 75% to 80% of his face was missing.

Eugene had an arrest record, mostly misdemeanors, including a battery charge from when he was 16 that was later dropped, according to the Miami Herald.

He had been married but divorced in 2007, WPLG reported. His former wife told the station that Eugene had been violent toward her.

Homeless people near where the attack took place said Eugene was often seen around the area looking confused, according to WPLG.

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  1. gr8dismal

    If president Obama had a snack, it would look like Rudy Eugene.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kay 'K Cake

    Does anyone else notice a resmeblence between what Rudy did and what Travis the chimp did back in 2009?
    I am thinking they both grew up in the same home, after all there is a bit of a ressemblance in their photos.
    Just sayin'...

    May 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. blam

    Why is faux coke being linked to LSD in the article? Sounds like a scare tactic to me as methamphetamine and LSD affect the brain differently.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    Why even include the word "LSD" in this article? Bath Salts have nothing to do with LSD. You might as well say they are the new "alcohol" or the new cough medicine. They are completely different chemicals with completely different effects. Stop spreading misinformation. I now realize when I was younger why I believed LSD melts a hole in your brain and if you eat it 8 times you are legally insane. It is because of dumb articles like this that spread lies and misinformation and then they become part of urban legend. LSD and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) are some of the safest drugs known to man physically in terms of toxicity. Psilocybin and Mescaline have been used for thousands of years by cultures. Stop lumping psychedelics in with harmful drugs!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kneesus

    to the guy who said the cop should have used nonlethal action you are an idiot. I'm fairly liberal but another persons life was in danger as he was being eaten. you have no idea what that situation is like and you sound like a guy who's never thrown a punch in his life so don't go talking about how you would get in arms reach of a naked growling cannibal. on top of that the cop put 6 rounds into the guy before he went down. what would have happened if he wrestled the guy and lost his weapon. moron. you're to liberals what rush limbaugh is to conservatives.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |

      Hey you, stop eating his face.
      Hey you, stop eating my face.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben22

    We need to give free bath salts to all the blacks and have em eat each other. Our crime rates will go down tremendously.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Random

      OK. You do this in a small room that is locked from the outside.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Bath salts???!
    Holy moly, what's next?
    And who was the first person who said, "hey, think I'll snort some of this?"

    May 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      That's what happens when people watch the CRAZY HONEYBADGER video on Youtube over and over again...

      May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe schmoe

      pretty sure it wasn't cocaine, LSD, bath salts or any other drug.... I am more inclined to believe its the T-Virus

      May 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. umbrella corporation

    Was this durg made by the umbrella corporation???

    May 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Project A.L.I.C.E.


      May 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kelvin

    One of Obama's sons gives new meaning to faceoff.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelvin

      You're momma.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Draymond2115

    Why would they compare this to lsd they should b comparing it to pcp, I've had a whole vial of LSD before and I'm just fine, it isn't a deliriant or hyperactive

    May 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marc

    I'm surprised the headline wasn't "Another Florida white man shoots and kills naked unarmed black man." The story would read "Officer only gave one warning to 'get off' before emptying his clip into the unarmed suspect, who growled at the officer, but made no other menacing or threatening gestures. Witnesses report that the unarmed black man did not charge toward the officer but continued eating his dinner, without even a knife or fork in his hands. A special team of journalists is investigating to determine if race may have been a motivating factor in the shooting. A bag of skittles was found in a trash can just two blocks from where the shooting took place."

    May 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • PDX

      Absolutely famous!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CV

    If Obama had a son he would look like this guy.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maria-Erlinda

    Since Rudy Eugene was profiled for being a black cannibal having been hunted and shot by a white cop (who results to be a Hispanic one), maybe all those racist black elected-officials (e.g., U.S. House Rep. Robert "Bobby" Smith, an unrepented former Black Panther) that wore "hoodies" in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, now, in solidarity with Eugene, eat someone's face. By the way, have you seen the recent pictures of Hillary Clinton without any makeup? "Bobby" Smith and the others should seriously stage their Eugene-solidarity stunt on Hillary. LOL 🙂

    May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob A

    This is humanist hocus pocus. Bath salts did not cause this. An evil, reprobate mind caused this. And this man cultivated that mind on purpose. Of course liberal humanists share some of these pathologies of the mind and spirit. So they need a scape goat to diguise the truth. Ergo..."bath salts".

    May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      100% truth in that.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BarneyCrush

    Good thing Rudy Eugene is not running for President...since 95% of blacks would vote for him just because of his skin color, we could have our first cannibal in the white house.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
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