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. Realistic85

    The zombie apocalypse is upon us...

    May 29, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. BLK300

    Buy*

    Very convincing argument there... I assume you have no job and live off of your taxpaying neighbors currently? Time to grow up, Clem.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. supaman

    The South Beach diet is a difficult one....

    May 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Margaret

    Have they gotten toxicology results on the attacker? If not, then this is misinformation and does a disservice to the public. If the cause turns out to be something else (rabies, psychosis, zombification....), then how will people believe other drug information? It could well turn out that there is some new horrible form of LSD. But don't say so unless it is confirmed. And if it turns out to be plain old LSD - well, if that routinely caused this kind of violence 90% of the people I went to college with would be zombies, and instead they are investment bankers, retired grandmothers, physicians....

    May 29, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      You sound like an alcoholic who defends their drug of choice. LSD cross wires the brain, much like what happens in people with schizophrenia. People who have done LSD are lucky if they aren't permanently brain damaged for life. I mean who cares about "mind expansion" if the ending result is psychosis?!!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. willy

    I could see that. Calling it "zombie juice" or "makes you eat your best friend to death for dinner" might stop a few people from buying it.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Melodykari78

      Agreed. Not quite as appealing.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Or be a huge success in Germany. Or both.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brickell Princess

    Legalize Bath Salts! They are medicinal and safer than alcohol and cigarettes. Bath Salts are used to cure glaucoma and arthritis.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Michigander5

      Oh how i love your Tinge of sarcasm to this drug while indirectly implying Marijuana is the same somehow....Learn a bit about human anatomy and psychology, mainly; your brain. Than you might realize how certain drugs are different in the way that they affect your brain...Hell, even chemistry would help you out.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Sad 4 U

      Once again the mindless sheep use fear and propaganda to derail the discussion. Nobody believes that this drug has anything to do with the other drug you are trying to deride.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alvin Sharpington

    Where will the rally be for justice for Rudy! Remember to not wear your hoodies and come butt naked, with fake blood and shredded rubber masks. no skittles or iced tea needed.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nick Bruiser

    Hey I heard about this the other day

    May 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. PEDO BEAR

    Anyone else not surprised that the Zombie Apocalypse starts in Florida?!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Highland

    I think I'll just put some bath salts in my mouth. Maybe I can chase it with a shot of Lysol. Are people just nuts?

    May 29, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      There are bath salts .. and then there are items being sold as "bath salts". These designer drugs are marketted as bath salts and contain a warning not to ingest them. But of course the only place to get these special salts with the added extras are in shops catering to the drug culture. Basically they are taking advantages of holes in US law relating to additives and food stuffs. They are marketted as a product for your "bath", but the drug users know the additive (something not found in normal bath salts) is something yoyu want to eat or snort.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. PEDO BEAR

    Simple solution...
    The US should declare war on Florida and then just nuke it! That would end the apocalypse before it even gets a foothold.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. rad666

    And Romney said the rest of the world is not safe?

    May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Just when you think news can't get any worse...

    While I will never attempt to underestimate mans inhumanity to man, whether it be under the influence of pyschotrophic drugs, mental illmess or just plain evil intent. Something this far out there on the bizzare-meter lends itself to the existance of pure evil... ..... And another thing that is throwing me......how high do you have to be not to notice somebody nawing off your face!! One of the biggest tricks the devil and his minions has up their sleave.... is to make people beleive he is not even there or does not exist. So yeah.. I choose to beleive that the devil is alive and well, but it is people who are choosing to do his work for him.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. good lord!

    LSD is a very specific chemical. a lot of news sites are referring to these 'bath salts' this guy took as LSD. they are in no way, shape or form LSD. they are basically nasty poison that only complete fools, drug addicts, or Miami Heat fans would even consider using.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. willy

    The people selling it call it the "new LSD". I could see that. Calling it "zombie juice" or "makes you eat your best friend to death for dinner" might stop a few people from buying it.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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