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. x

    To Qmax and arthur: the word "racist" is acyually an acronym. What is it?
    Racially
    Aware
    Citizen
    Intellegently
    Stating
    Truths
    If I truly beleive what i say then you can't acurately say that I was lying no matter how much you dissagree witb me. XP

    May 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OJ

    Obama's son?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NEVIEL

    men i cant believe this a true attack i just cant believe it when ever god says world is going to end,its going to end.we are in a bad generation and that's how life is .just think about it can you believe think about your loved ones or yourself,would you like your loved ones to die .NO NO. anyway we will talk later

    May 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris Redfield

    Seriously...I was expecting a white dude

    May 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr.Watch

    OH MY GOSH! CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS EVERYBODY! A ZOMBIE MIGHT COME AND EAT US ALL! THIS IS SO SERIOUS! EVERYBODY PREPARE FOR THE INEVITABLE! BE ARMED. EVEN AN UMBRELLA WOULD WORK! (I am not talking about that corporation in Resident Evil. Besides, I am too young to play it. I only play games rated E, E10+, or T.)

    May 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    Seriously dude, that was one of the worst things you've ever seen in your life? Not THE worst thing?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. spaz

    Me: "Hey Joe, what do you want for lunch". Joe: "FACE"

    May 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr.Watch

    Who agrees that we should have something to fend off zombies?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nutski

    If that had been a Chinese guy he ate, would he have been hungry again 20 minutes later?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danielle

    Ok, you need to calm down and stop relating these drug heads to the bible. This has nothing to do with religion and nobody asked you what you thought of it. This is just a guy who used to much and went crazy cannibalistic, so yeah. It's not like it's the zombie apocalypse or anything. That's fiction alright? Don't let your imagination get too wild.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Why? People who believe either one, religion or drugs, can make your life better are equally deluded. Only the weak turn to the insane and/or irrational when they dislike reality. Drugs or gods, there is NO DIFFERENCE!

      May 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurams234

      Nobody asked you either.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bryan

    Why didn't the cop mercy-kill the victim?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan might be on to something.

      Mercy kill? We mercy kill animals, not humans. We make sure that all humans, regardless of how badly injured they are will remain on life support in a persistent vegetative state with a feeding tube for all of eternity.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. james

    Sometimes keeping it real, goes wrong.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hurley jones

    2012 zombie apocalypse!

    May 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kris Wood

    Guy's got nothing on Elizabeth Báthory...

    May 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eyesalve

    "Augilar said he SUSPECTS that the attacker was under the influence of bath salts" - interesting – why because the guy was naked or because he growled like an animal? Anyone ever heard of demon possession by chance?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT Hawaii

      only in fairy tales, but this is the real world.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
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