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. Sophie

    Does anyone know if we could donate money to help this poor victim? I'd like to help in some small way because I cannot get this horrific image out of my head. This has to be tthe most crippling random act of violence ever! So heartbreaking in the end.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. paulmartindj

    So.....cannibalism is still around.......huh !

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

      You must be new to the internet, cannibalism's always gonna be around.

      May 31, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Debbie 55

    Most horrible thing I have ever seen .Be afraid be very afraid Bath Salts did that to you my brother less then a month ago OD'd off bath salts his body temp went up to 106 it makes them come out of their clothes.He is ok now but long term effects is not known .

    May 31, 2012 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      It has to be PCP. It's like when Big Lurch ate his girlfriend.

      May 31, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. ashley

    So is it safe to go to Flordia? just wondering...

    May 31, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Not without protection

      May 31, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. JJ

    Now that is so stupid !

    May 31, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dori

    WHY do they keep calling it a Zombie attack?! He wasn't dead when he attacked the poor guy. 😄

    May 31, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
    • wisdomVS

      Hollywood created some confusion with some of their movies... "zombie is not the same as living dead". Zombie comes from the religion known as VooDoo and it is an induced state causing greatly reduced brain activity and often violent behavior, otherwise the person's body is healthy.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandi

      it is called a ZOMBIE attack cause the guy was displaying very zombielike behaviors 1.) eating human flesh 2.) no verbal communication just a growl 3.) no pain sensors and superhuman ability to continue on with his flesh eating even while being shot several times and 4.) did I mention the part where he ripped a mans face off wth his teeth and ate it ummmmm yeah I would call that a zombie whether he was the living dead or not

      May 31, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kyle

    Holy crap what if its a cover up and its starting... oh man im heading to bass pro shop and stocking up on rations.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mojo

    I think he was possessed by the devil

    May 31, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sam Farmer

    Ok the bible says about people acting as animals and becoming crazy in the end. A lot of people consider it a zombie Apocalypse. Nobody notice the coincidence that it happens in 2012? Only bottled water and canned food for me...

    May 31, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Boo

    Resident Evil: Miami

    May 31, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    Another innocent black man killed by evil white men who framed him

    May 31, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brandi

    Ok so First of all it is called a ZOMBIE attack cause the guy was displaying very zombielike behaviors 1.) eating human flesh 2.) no verbal communication just a growl 3.) no pain sensors and superhuman ability to continue on with his flesh eating even while being shot several times and 4.) did I mention the part where he ripped a mans face off wth his teeth and ate it ummmmm yeah I would call that a zombie whether he was the living dead or not and second off I am very concerned by the fact that it is going to take a MONTH or so for toxicology reports I mean given the rarity and extremity of this attack and the fact that all of america is pretty much in a state of fear and complete shock over this event you would think that they would at least put a rush on this mans autopsy and toxicology report Im not saying that this attack DEFINITELY shows that the zombie apocolypse is on its way but America might feel alot better if you guys would you know go ahead and hurry up those tests and let us know what the hell is goin on cause say this is the beggining of the end you guys are gonna feel really stupid here soon for not giving this rare and VERY scary incident a proper and SPEEDY investigation .................................

    May 31, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. VoiceOfReason

    Just because 15 officers joined in, that does not mean 15 officers were NEEDED. The record shows that cops like to "dog pile".

    May 31, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. laura

    All those people driving by and slowing down to look and no one intervened ? i mean its miami ya gonna tell me there was no gun in any of those cars..one to the head thats all it woulda took

    May 31, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. faye62

    Why were they both naked?

    May 31, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • lanoom

      Read the story. The attacker was stripping the homeless man's clothes. Because he was crazy.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
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