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. Todd

    I hope everyone realizes that this is the very beginning stages of the end of the world that is predicted by the Myan calendar. By August, whatever is causing this mental breakdown urging people to eat human flesh from live victims will have spread at least across this continent and the one south of us, if not the entire world. Pockets of survivors will last into the winter, however one the winter hits, this will cause many more to die of starvation or exposure.... or, this could just be some crazy mo-fo who craved facial flesh....

    May 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mooncricket1

      go right away to a shrink

      May 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      The Mayan calender does not predict any thing. the whole thing was made up. The Mayans have predictions long after 2012.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darius

      I hope you realize that the world ending in 2012 isn't true. It's just one of them stupid conspiracy.
      The mayan calendar didn't have leap year so the world should have ended 7 months ago.
      "There have been about 514 Leap Years since Caesar created it in 45BC. Without the extra day every 4 years, today would be July 28, 2013." (James Watt)

      May 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Todd when did the Mayans predict a zombie apocalypse? lmao they didnt predict any apocalypses to begin with

      May 31, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ucenic

    Absolutely horrific and sad incident. About once a week we read about something so terrible that it almost seems like it couldn't be true. Even worse when it's a child.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    This is exactly how every zombie movie starts. some "crazy man" or "Druggie" bites someone and then the "victim" turns everyone else into zombies.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mooncricket1

    he should have gone to burger king first

    May 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. smokeee

    i really feel for the homeless. people always love to mess with them when they're already at rock bottom's. why couldn't the victim be donald trump or somebody like that more deserving?

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

    "he must have been on Crack" lol i realize drugs were involved but its so funny to me that everyone always says they must've been on crack. Forget the weird crap that meth makes people do or just mentally distrubed people wow im glad i got my zombie survival guide

    May 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Up the Rebels

    Jakkers when you think things just can't get any worse your proven wrong again. Maybe we do need a major overhaul on Dec. 21st of this year.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hannah

    He was hopped up on bath salts and there was definitely a back story of what was going on before this happened. It's not like he's just went crazy and started eating someone's face. You Doomsday Preppers need to stop being so paranoid! Go live your lives!

    May 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. monte

    this guy must have caught that virus when he vacationed in binoi "dead island"

    May 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Courtney

    What I would like to know is what are the other 4 similar incidents. Hopefully if this is some creepy zombie attack the government won't hide it from the world.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    That's what happened to Tyrone Biggums

    May 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Germana Desaint

    Dear ones,

    Probable cause:

    Inflated ego
    Lack of faith

    Steroids (cheap)

    And

    No longer the unemployment checks and benefits came in the mail/ scarce jobs

    A heartfelt prayer to the victim, Mr. Poppo was not only a victim of Mr. Eugene, but also of our society.

    Protect yourselves. Stay safe.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OrionStyles

    Another Skyrim related fataility?

    Guy probably obsessed over the Namira Daedric quest and decided to act it out.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sean

    MORTAL KOMBAT!!! This person must be related to Mileena.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    The first mistake most people make is to assume that Zombies are not real.

    Well, they ARE real and walk among us!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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