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.

soundoff (661 Responses)
  1. tiffany

    I don't think people have enough sympathy for the poor guy who got attacked. He obviously wasn't in the best situation being homeless but now he is blind, disfigured, and probably never really recover from this. I hope the pos who did this doesn't get off just because he was "on drugs" I hope he dies really, but if not death then at least life in jail.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MotoJB

      Dude, he was shot 3 or more times by the cop...he's dead.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wulfgur

    uhhh..... the attacker died from gun shot wounds.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MotoJB

    Thank goodness he was shot and killed. +1 for humanity. Catapult his body back to the lame, psychotic country he came from.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin O'Brien

    If this man had taken Marijuana, he would have been sitting in front of the TV, watching cartoons and eating Doritos.
    Not eating another mans face.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MotoJB

    To think...KFC was right across the street. Nothing like homeless face meat but much more healthy.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrsnck

    The Miami Herald Story which has been updated stated "No drugs or paraphenelia have been found at the scene(s)" The naked guy was scene earlier in the day with his girlfriend in his car which broke down and he began to walk. What happened after that no one knows but there is no proof that this guy had drugs or did drugs prior to the attack or earlier in the day. Right now we will have to wait several weeks for toxiology reports. The "bath salts" theory was given by the president of the fraternal order of police, a hillbilly who sounds more like hes linking this to an incident he allegedy saw in the past (1980's) which in truth the only similarity was the previous incident involved a naked guy running around on drugs. Nothing like this has happened before so well have to wait and see what happens with the autopsy report.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leftywriteagain

    I guess white people just go beserk and shoot up coffee shops and blame the devil.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mary

    This is why they will never take my right to bear arms away..
    We live in a world where every town has problems with drugs and addicts.
    18 min ... And it seems a couple people either saw this, or saw enough of something that surely couldn't have looked normal going on.. But passed on by.
    18 min and this man used his teeth to destroy another human being..
    Help came in the form of a gun shot..
    Maybe sooner if this man had of been armed himself. Or if one of the passers by had a firearm..Or even the man that went for the police..
    Who knows.. It took 18 min for this to stop. Before a gun stopped it..

    May 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You are absolutely right. If he'd had a gun he could have speeded up the killing and eaten more faces. That's what you meant, right? Oh you meant to DEFEND yourself. Oh. Well, just make sure that the right to bear arms is only given to people that think they are right. Of course, even crazy people think they are right...well...that kinda complicates things, doesn't it?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numb Chuck

      They why didn't somebody pull out a gun and shoot him? Seems to me the right to bear arms pretty much failed on this one

      May 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurams234

      I'd rather die of a gunshot than from someone eating my face off.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. beach bum

    hes dead

    May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. shawn l

    Drugs are destroying millions of zombie families.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NEVIEL

    men i cant belive ths a true atack i just cant belie it when ever god says world is gonna end its goonna end

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    He's dead...

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    u know its sad when people starting eating one another. i blame the government for the high gas prices,the economy and now not providing enough money on food stamps so we have to result to this

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OJ

    Hahahahhaah, this comes to no surprise, cannibalism is a common practice in Africa, in some case they even eat their own babies after giving birth. 😦 EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    Only in South Florida...

    May 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
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