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. Brad

    And now I'm sure some Southern Baptist minister will spin this into some kind of Gay thing.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. hankadelic

    Pay attention to the victim in this case.

    If he survives, we can believe it was drug induced. If the victim dies, we will have to assume he was turned into a zombie and had to be put down.

    This will be proof enough that the zombie apocolypse has begun.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Teal

      That's actually a really scary way to think about it.. O.o

      May 31, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chase

    Anybody wanna go to the Winchester, have a pint, and wait for the whole thing to blow over?

    May 29, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • weber

      Best Comment Ever!!! Plus dogs cannot look up.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Skipper

    Yup.... It's dangerous to eat bath salts (either the regular kind or the "special" salts). It's also dangerous to eat drain cleaner, laundry soap, paint, gasoline, and model airplanes. Someone dumb enough to eat any of these things is very likely to exhibit other insane, dangerous behaviors.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lou Cypher

    The Bath Salt Zombie Apocalypse.

    Who sez God doesn't have a sense of humor?

    May 29, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rich

    Looking at the video from what I can make out it doesnt look frenzied at all. You can make out 2 sets of legs barely moving. This guy might have been 'feasting' like a wild animal but almost out of it as well. CNN hyping up the news with zombie refrences once again

    May 29, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Melodykari78

      I think the video was taken AFTER the attacker was shot.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • yuck

      The picture is after they shot the guy dead, and the other guy is near death so that's why they're not moving.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jakey

      Then he's a George Romero zombie and not a '28 Days Later' zombie. They do exist you know, and it's totally racist of you to pretend that "frenzied" is the only real kind of zombie. RACIST, I SAY

      May 29, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • trd788

      That video is after he was shot...

      May 29, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • loverpoint

      For killing a wild animal the cop that shot him has the option of having this cannibals head mounted on his office wall . I thought cops carried tazers, and pepper spray. Oh i forgot this is Miami where you have the right to kill someone and then later declare it was in self defense.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Teal

      @loverpoint ARE YOU SERIOUS?! He was EATING the other man's face OFF! Are you trying to tell me you think the cop should have stood there and watched that instead of shooting him?????

      May 31, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lou Cypher

    Dayum, the domain name bathsaltzombies dot com is already registered.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Baelzebub

    Hrm, what about the other naked guy? The one that got had his face ate off. Was he high aswell and why was he naked if he wasn't?

    Or maybe they both got infected at the same time and the eater just transformed first?

    May 29, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |

    And so it begins...

    I guess this guy forgot to include a helmet with face shield in his zombie survival kit. Rookie mistake!

    May 29, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Whoa

    The witness in the video says it's ONE OF the most gruesome things he's ever seen in person. A naked guy getting his face chewed off by another man is only ONE OF the most gruesome things he's witnessed? Where the hell does this character hang out?

    May 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Ree

    All he had to do was accept Jesus Christ into his heart and none of this face eating stuff would have happened.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Whoa

      if only it was that easy.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      But he'd still be a zombie.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      Who do you think told him to do it?

      May 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Fred Rubenstein

    I think Florida has more of a problem with naked guys than it does with bath salt induced zombies. Interesting that this guy sought another naked man whose face he could chew off (that's hard to write in a gramatically correct manner). Why was this naked man (the victim) in close proximity? If he was naked, can we assume that he was also a bath salt zombie, or was he just batting for the other team? If the victim was a naked bath salt zombie, why didn't he engage his own jaws in mortal combat? What would Darwin have to say about the outcome of this naked zombie battle in terms of survival of the fittest – does the "victim" win because he survived (abeit sans face), or does the perp win because he won the battle, but was killed by the police? These, my friends, are the unresolved questions that CNN needs to analyze a bit further.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      This comment was amazing. lol

      May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      May 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • RootenTooten

      The darwinistic subtext of this battle of the naked bath salt zombies truly grips the mind. Easily the best commentary on this entire thread lol

      May 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Homer

    Do you eat your food with it's clothes on?

    May 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Beaumont

      and raw?

      May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB5

      The victim was afraid. The attacker probably thought he was eating "chicken".

      May 30, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Teal


      May 31, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. 2012MAN


    May 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jonathan

    I am no longer in favor of gun control.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
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