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. mr. armory

    sounds like a cover up to me, be ready for the zombie attack.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zuty

    Anyone else notice the leg moving on one of the victims at 2:20? ... That's a little odd ... No one is near the body to be moving the leg ... It just moves on its own ...

    May 31, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Eating

      It was the Victum he was sent to the hospitlal so it must of been his leg.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Zuty

    Anyone else notice one of the victims legs moves at 2:20? ... I thought he was dead? ...

    May 31, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • rich

      it doesnt move its just the shadow of the trees moving that looks like it

      May 31, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • zombies

      No he was still alive, just had his face chewed off and maybe got the "bath salt/lsd" virus.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Eating

      There was only one Victum FYI. 2 People one was eating the other was a victum and was sent to hospital so he must of stilll been alive.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    The story is so disturbing and I simply could not watch the video. It would be interesting to determine whether plain old Epsom Salts can have the same effect. Remember that if you bathe in bath salts, when the water goes down the drain you know where it goes. I've also read the ingredients in a jar of bath salts that I have and see nothing that could cause someone to go mad. Perhaps the fear mongers are placing blame on a classic household item. More facts need to be brought to the fore.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • InTheKnow

      So dazzle, I guess you didn't read my explanation of what "bath salts" are? It has absoloutly nothing to do with the epsom salts in your bathroom. You are safe, go take a bath.

      May 31, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • zombies

      It wasn't actually bath salts, thats the drug name, its also called room deodorizer and incense... it's not really bath salts.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. starr

    and the person the attacker got his drugs from looks just like you...

    May 31, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Getting pretty sick of these comments

    About the attacker being a zombie, that is.

    Long before zombie mania took over as the hip new thing, there was something called cannibalism.

    To be a zombie, you must first be dead.

    A man who feeds on another man's flesh is a CANNIBAL.
    Get it right!

    May 31, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • zombies

      Yeah cannibals with "super human strength" who get shot and keep eating flesh......

      May 31, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. maomao

    I heard that Dharpa was right next to the incident.Maybe those 2 were subjects from a military experiment.They somehow got out of the lab.lol

    May 31, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. zombies

    So you're encouraging people to use this drug even if it may cause people to either die or become so insane that they bite someone's face off? Rabies? You're an idiot. I bet you're a drug pusher too.

    May 31, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mavis Wooliver

    Does this mean I need to return my epsom salts to the nice young man at the market?

    May 31, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Phantom Heston

    Argue this point, within the situation presenting in this incident: 1.) Carry a firearm 2.) Don't have face eaten.

    Maybe I try to hard being a liberal gun nut, but people are berserk these days.

    May 31, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mister Twister

    Search "Big Lurch" lol

    May 31, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mel

    Did anyone find it odd that they were both naked? what was happening before the attack....? authorities need to review the tape prior to the actual attack to see what led up to it.. it is very disturbing...

    May 31, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. SOMEONE EXPLAIN!!

    The LEG MOVED!!
    It did!
    I didn't believe it and it was not the trees shadow...
    It lazily moved and i swear someone better explain that to me.

    There were two police officers walking by and they looked like they saw it but they didn't react.
    Someone explain please!!!

    May 31, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • crazy4this

      The leg of the guy that had his face chewed off is still alive. He was moving around on the ground across from the dead guy that had been eating his face. This is one of the sickest things I have ever heard of.
      I hope that drug gets cleaned off the streets never to be seen or heard of again.
      It obviously makes someone very dangerous.
      It is very frightening to think if more than one person has the same reaction from this drug.
      He could have attacked anyone he came across if it had not been the homeless guy it would have been someone else.
      This is very disturbing..very disturbing...I hope that they can do something to reconstruct that guys face.

      May 31, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • kim

      It moved because it was the victim, he is still alive.

      May 31, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    Seriously sickening.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Eating

    I belive no drug does this to you because these type of insidents happen all over the world, they are in Fact Possesed of a real Demon, people can have a Demon in them if they Do not have any control of there mind.

    They can have a Demon or Demon's in them, Demon's never die they just move on to Torment easy prey's usually people who use drugs or have perposly allowed evil in them. Demons are in Fact very Powerful and if a person has more then one or if it is a powerful Demon it can do damage. The only way to get rid of a Demon is to Use God's name in a Prayer and ask him to keep you safe from Demons.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
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