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. ak2k

    WHATEVER!!!!! No one EVER did that on LSD!!

    May 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aeromechanic

      I agree, on acid you may hurt yourself by doing something stupid but you don't attack others.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bubba

    Don't they know you also have to shoot the one that got bitten. Zombie 101.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JoePub

    And so, the zombie apocalypse begins.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nolongerarepublican

    Let's see.
    Don't use the DRUG "bath salts" because it makes people act insane, and the zombie face eater is dead and no longer a threat to anyone.
    Did I miss anything?
    Move along CNN.
    Nothing to see here.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ordinary Average American

    More madness coming from Florida . . . . what is going on down there?

    May 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      zombies bro zombies

      May 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david


    May 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ordinary Average American

    Now THAT qualifies for a "stand your ground" defense!

    May 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Firewalker

    This not a new thing. It is an old thing. We got LSD from Ergot poisoning. Look it up. Maybe some one should take a real close look at this mans brain. There a history of this. Zombie mythology comes from regions of swamps for a reason.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MagickalMerlin777

    Opps! I mean ' Sarcophagious '.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Char T

    this is probably the most disturbing and disgusting news stroy that i have ever read! i feel sorry for the people who actually witnessed this horrific attack, i feel ill just at the mere thought of what they must have seen!

    May 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. t3chn0ph0b3

    We've finally made real zombies! Woo hoo! Stock up on shotgun shells and Samurai swords!

    May 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle

    This is pretty much the most disgusting crime I've heard of in a long time other than the guy who ate his son's eyes. In a small way, I agree with the guy who ranted about the police using "appropriate" methods of subduing perps. However, in this case, I don't think the police had any other option other than shooting the guy. It sounds like even if they had used a Taser on him, he would've kept on doing what he he was doing. I am very curious about the victim and how he is doing. I read he is in serious condition. This attack sounds a lot like the lady who was attacked by a friend's pet chimp. Unfortunately though, if this guy is homeless and probably is not covered by any kind of health insurance, he probably won't get a new face.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GenXcynic

    Umm, why was the victim naked? Was he high on bath salts too? Did I miss something?

    May 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    Thank you KINGOFARCADIA. No one has ever eaten a face on LSD.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. common sense

    the officer shot him twice.. it was the second shots that killed him.. he continued to munch after being shot the first time..

    yea sure sounds like he used to much force for to me


    May 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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