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. ModXell

    This drug gives you superhuman strength. How awesome is that?! I read the Zombie Autopsies. It said indeed the organs in the body are burning!

    May 29, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. J.C.

    @abdulla oblongata: You're a moron. You want to try to wrestle with a guy who has apparently already incapacitated one man and is eating him? Go ahead, Captain Amazing, I want to watch THAT video.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. J100409

    Thank god real LSD is illegal or this guy probably would have sat around trying to figure out a way to bite his own face until it wore off. WAR ON DRUGS FOREVER!
    Wait, that would have been much less harmful.... never mind.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • really

      100% correct.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Katie

    All the more reason for concealed carry.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Wondering

      how do you conceal a weapon when you are naked?

      May 30, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Crazy that anyone would want to take something with those effects. I feel sorry for anyone who gets in the wake of someone on that stuff.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tars Tarkas

    Send...more...paramedics...

    May 29, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. jonathan

    The new LSD? More like the new meth.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jenn

    He was probably using right along with his attacker.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mycenia

      Presumptuous. But even so, what exactly is your point?

      May 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      Even if he was using, he did not deserve to have his face disfigured.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Devilnoch

    28 dyas later...

    May 29, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • PantyRaid

      She said honey, I have a surprise!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melodykari78

    Talk about choosing the wrong buddy to get high with...

    May 29, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. shocked monkey is a loser

    Welcome to monkey dust, Miami...We've been dealing with this junk here for years thanks to methadone clinics because addicts can still get their methadone because monkey dust doesn't show up on drug tests. Someone is making a huge buck of methadone clinics here (Maine) because nobody dares to shine the light on the problems they bring.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • sumday

      just left there from buring my relative who was a salt bath aka-monkey dust junkie. Never heard of it before then. Can't believe how bad ME had gotten since I left some 20yrs ago.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steven

    He wasn't...

    May 29, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jolgar

      How do you know? were you there?

      May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candace Clough

      The why was he also naked? they were both high

      May 30, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. kevin

    Wow if your read that correctly, "police say" four other instances have been reported.Man, im stayin out of Florida!!!! Th zombie apocalypse has begun.hide your wives, hide your husbands, they be eating EVERYBODY up in here!

    May 29, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    They aren't regular bath salts, that's just how they market them. Like the 'new' synthetic marijuana they are trying to market them as another product and just say not for human consumption on the package so they can sell them legally.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • hendeeze

      Synthetic marijuana? LOL are you serious? Apparently the byproduct of using both of these drugs causes you to be hungry... but thats where the similarities end. (Unless maybe they also dyed the bath salts green...)

      May 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER

      "bath salts" is an all-inclusive scape goat to protect the known cuban exiles who are bringing mind-blowingly potent PCP to the states by the ton. the crime will continue to rise in Florida and the crimes will become increasingly violent and bizarre and mostly contained to the black race. just watch.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER

      Trayvon Martin was on PCP when he was charging at Zimmerman's vehicle. The Florida A&M Band is notorious for being on this new PCP. The woman who killed all her kids was on PCP. Now this. And the police actually admit "there have been other cases"... of course there has! I can verify that 90% of the crime committed in Florida since last July has been associated with this new PCP. There are other cases just now coming to light that make this case seem like your mom's soap opera. Nightmarishly grotesque "Zombie-huts" have been found in the homeless districts of Miami and Orlando.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      They market that one as incense. I wish they wouldn't use these benign words for thier marketing strategy – I use bath salts and incense together. Except I use when I'm relaxing in my big clawfoot tub with a glass of wine – that's my "head reset" for the end of the day. What they are doing is setting thier heads into where the sun doesn't shine.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. rxlawdude

    Um, this article was about zombies. You know, like the teabaggers. I guess basic reading skills are optional for the knuckledraggers.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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