May 30th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Security video shows entire Miami 'zombie' attack

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing for some people.

Several vehicles, including buses and even three bicyclists, went past on a Miami street as a naked man chewed the face off a homeless man Saturday in what has been called a zombie-like attack, video footage posted by the Miami Herald shows.

The footage, taken by security cameras on the Herald building in downtown Miami, shows the entire 18-minute attack, which ended when a police officer shot the attacker after he did not stop his assault on the homeless man.

The video quality is poor, and facial details and the gore of the scene are not visible. But the movements of those involved are. The shooting itself is obscured by the bridge that carries Miami's Metromover tramway over the site of the attack on the MacArthur Causeway.

It's not clear how much of the attack motorists could have seen, as there is a waist-high concrete barrier between the road and the sidewalk where the attack took place, but one of the bicyclists passed on the sidewalk, and one driver slowed down to look at the scene.

The footage shows that attacker, identified by Miami-Dade Police as Rudy Eugene, 31, walking along the sidewalk and then stopping in a shaded area created by the tramway bridge. He apparently attacks the victim, dragging him out from the shade, stripping the victim's clothes off and then beating him as the victim kicks his legs in an apparent attempt to fight back.

The attacker then spends several minutes crouched over the victim, including when a bicyclist rolls by on the sidewalk and a white sedan rolls very slowly past the scene.

Police said at least five of those passers-by called to the report the incident, according to the Miami Herald report accompanying the video.

When a patrol car arrives, the officer appears to draw his gun quickly, but the actual shooting is blocked by the tramway overpass.

Larry Vega witnessed the attack and spoke to CNN affiliate WSVN.

"The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin. It was just a blob of blood," he told WSVN.

The arrival of police did not deter the attacker, Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar told CNN affiliate WPLG.

"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," Aguilar was quoted as saying by WPLG.

Augilar said he suspects that the attacker was under the influence of "bath salts," a drug that contains synthetic stimulants that can "cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions," according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Four other instances of drug use in Miami-Dade bear resemblances to Saturday's attack, Aguilar told WPLG.

Why 'bath salts' are dangerous

Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said officials won't know for certain whether drugs played a role in the attack until toxicology reports are completed in a month or so. But he said police have been seeing increased incidents of drug-induced crime in the area.

Ortiz said the victim was in critical condition at a local hospital. He could not say whether the victim and attacker knew each other.

The Herald reported that the victim's nose, face and eyes were torn off during the attack.

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  1. zombie killer

    If a zombie apocolypse happens im robbing walmart lol

    June 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angel

      Go to Bass Pro, they even have Zombie ammunition and the guns to use it.

      June 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • seacat

      lol were not gonna die be zombie were gonna die by 2012 >:O

      December 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mitt Romney

    No jobs, face eating becomes americas new pastime

    June 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Seth

    ...Theres another incident like this. Just happened recently. Bath-Salts? Sounds like a cover-up but whatever. Cant be a zombie apacalypse though...seems unreal. But really, dont assume "Zombies" yet. Or else ya'll gonna cause an anarchy and panic and thats the last thing the world needs if there WAS a Zombie Apacalypse.. Seriously, watch the movies, you actually learn something if you pay attention.

    June 8, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael Brown

      Holy cow you people must really be going off the deep end. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore. It's become full of ignorant fools who believe in zombies....not religious nutjob zombies aka sheep, but literal zombies.

      June 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tanner

    oh people calm down, "The end of the world" has happened tons of times, like when the roman empire fell, we got along just fine after that. Or what about Y2K, remember how the machines went crazy and it was fixed up in ONE DAY, crazy times. Or last year when that preacher guy said the world was going to end, happened then too.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Austin

      yeah thats all tru but thas time its happening

      June 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yalina

    People are really stupid just becouse you don't want to belive something dosen't change the fact that is there !! This is just the begining before this they have had men eating others they even found 5 already this has been happening for a long time wierd cases but so far dosen't seems like the goverment was putting attention.. How will they stop it now?? The drug is everywhere .. There will be a lot of deads if they don't STOP IT all i hear when i go out is stupid kids taking it as a joke lets see how funny it will be when they end up killing the ones they love

    June 28, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. countryboy

    if i lived near these attacks i'd for sur keep my shot gun loaded!

    July 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. sara

    people it is not like we are running out of food so STOP EATING PEOPLE!!!! but he was high on something so he couldnt help it it took over his mind and made him go phyco and paranoid and so he ate the mans face off.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Regine

    People don't eat people. People eat food. He ATE the flesh of a homeless man. Poor man (OLD man)....

    August 15, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Kitten

    FYI there have been records dating back thousands of years of people eating other people. It's called cannibalism. As far as zombies.....I won't hold my breath but, if it does happen I'm getting a big boat and provisions.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. SegWeg

    Let's stop blaming bathsalts on these zombie attacks. Let's not forget that the autopsy tests did not reveal any bathsalts in his system. It must be something else, some kind of virus. There has been many other similar attacks around the world, just recently in China. Just last week there was a man on 14th street time square, nyc, growling and acting funny. People just walked away.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jozseffrd

    Everyone was laughing but it's not a Joke The Government Creating Zombies(Live ones,not Dead ones,like in movies)Can you imagine if they release say 15 thousand "Zombies"in say NY City ,Chicago or LA?There could be easily 75-80000 deaths in an Afternoon!They already have the chemicals,Obviously!!!They're just waiting for the right time and will blame it on 2012!!!

    October 20, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
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