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. Sean

    Zombie Attacks!!! Just remember the most important rule... The double tap.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. irrelevent

    pffft not zombie just some crackhead wacked out on bath salts...

    May 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dino

    Maybe he thought he was an abused pit bull.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lynn

    homeless people are hungry.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OhFoReal

    Ok, a little out of line, but the victim still had his goatee in tact after the attack.Wouldn't this be the perfect opportunity for Gillette razors to profit off of this ? They could show the mans goatee and a voice could come over the TV screen and say ' Gillette, indestructible.' You know, because after all that, he still has his goatee in tact.Get it ?

    May 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zombie land

    I'm not saying this is the zombie apocalypse. But when a man eats another mans face and is not phased by a gun shot. We should consider it.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    I would have stopped pulled out a tire iron and caved his skull in right there. I've stabbed a person for less.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoBo

      I heard you're infamous around the Crystal Lake area.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Evan

    As you may recall many zombie movies are based on the release of chemical warfare agents into U.S. civilian populations intended to make the enemy kill each other in bloody rage. These agents are designed in military labs for release in foreign cities, but inveritably end up released on our own soil.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. athebrew

    zombie killing 101 always aim for the head. That is the most vulnerable spot on any zombie. Also if you wish to survive a zombie appoc. I suggest picking up the resident evil games because they are the best real life simulators for this type of event.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. craig

    Really??!! There are those that believe in zombies??
    Boy, the media spin on this to get you to read the story, reeeeeeaaally
    convinced some of you the zombies exist?
    Amazing.,,,Im amazed that news story actually uses the word zombie
    and not "mentally disturbed individual" or "person under the influence of"
    ...its official, even CNN has resorted to TMZ headlines and techniques....
    ...and there are those eating it right up....forgive the unintended pun....

    May 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    I don't know about most other pot smokers. But when i get high the first thing that comes to my mind is chocolate, or a massive milk shake. Not finding some random person to eat face with.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    As disturbing as this story is, I am just as disturbed by the comments that many of you have posted.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Veggie

    The Government is not happy, he did not eat his three food groups after all their ads. Shame, Shame.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yeahthatbroad

    I think this was just a ratings ploy for the next season of Walking Dead. Too soon?

    May 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Obviously a zombie...*grabs 12 gauge and boards up windows* good luck folks!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
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