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. RejoicingInYah

    Mark 5:
    And they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2And when He came out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3who had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him, not even with chains, 4because he had often been bound with shackles and chains but the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was able to tame him.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Manita Samuel

      Thank you for that, this was the first thing I said when I heard about this. That goes to show you how close we are at the end of time. Most people don't believed this, they want to put this on drugs, it might have had some play in it, but SATAN has shown his face.

      June 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tallahassee

    Remember rule number 2
    the double tap

    June 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    i think it is pcp not bath salts, look at videos of people on pcp

    June 3, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bathsalt

      bath salt has some of the same effects as pcp

      June 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. H Bowman

    Bath Salts are sold because the chemistry is changed slightly every few weeks making it hard to declare illegal. It would seem that some of these molecular combinations are effecting the human brain in a very horrible way. Ive seen people on these salts act as if they were on acid for weeks at a time, however if the changes in the make up of the drug have changed again, it very well could be the thing that is bringing on these horrible acts. As I write this, three new cases of humans eating brains have been reported.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Kraig

      Wait, on top of the eight other reports?

      June 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sean

    okay out of curiousity wasnt the white sedan a police vehicle???

    June 3, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kraig

    Wow, this is scary, Im not saying its the start of the zombie apocalypse or anything like that, the attacker was alive when it happened, just crazy high. The scary part is that it could happen to anybody. Its just too surreal to ignore.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Terry Mulford

    This is another sign of the end time. Many things will happen like this & worse. MANY things have lke Kerena & all the things going on forses of nathure. If you are smart some thing has been telling us 4 years (BIBLE) IF you realy want to know look up the PROFIT of our time BROTHER WILLIAM BRANHAM. He predicted 7 major things & 5 have come to pass. Also it will show you what the BIBLE says. Have u understand what will come. Please do this to help u & your family. Would you not do any thing 4 them. Please this is what GOD gave us to know. GOD BLESS.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lyle Lanley

      "profit" indeed! You got it right brother. How much have you contributed to his profit?

      June 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      OH MY GOD!!! what if the unicorns become zombie unicorns...or even worse "BIBLE TOTING ZOMBIE UNICORNS!!!!"

      June 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • FellowChristian

      You may be spot on, but it's hard to take you seriously when you can't spell correctly. Profit = PROPHET, 4 use FOR. William Branham is a prophet of our times (malachi 4). Check it out people.

      June 7, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • littlebooglies

      Actually, 6 things have come to pass; you forgot the Kardashians!

      June 8, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Brown

      He also said they would all come to pass by 1977. Well, it's 2012.

      June 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. S.D.

    What I want to know is why they let the injured guy lay there for soooo long, thrashing around in pain before helping him???

    June 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petra

      That was the first question i've had in my mind when i saw this.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. hawaiiduude

    It's not LSD that's a lie by the government to discredit lsd. Typical big brother lies.

    June 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ruby

    okay bath salts my a** he was shot five times in the chest and didn't go down till they shot him in the head don't be stupid people.there is a parasites that can cause a zombie apocalypse.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • T. Budovec

      Soooo true!!!

      June 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • T. Budovec

      So true!!

      June 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kkkkenlee

    wow....2012 will be the end of the world not bcz of the climate change...but overloaded drug use

    June 5, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. tim morgan

    just wondering if the homeless guy was white? the pictures i saw looks as if he was! so why isn't the media calling this a hate crime?

    June 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marey

      because this crime was obviously motivated by drug use... the victim could have been anyone, do you really think this guy ate his face of because he was white???

      June 6, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. patricia

    omg end of the world huh

    June 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      İf all this things will be, i want to be zombie general

      June 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matthew Isaac

    All of my elders talk about how bad teens are getting with their texting abbreviations and misspellings, but I read two comments and found what looked like a caveman trying to use a computer, I'm sixteen and even Iknow that to get a point acros or to just look civilized you should spellcheck yourself and not use, omg, in a sentence.

    June 6, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Texan Girl

    More reason to carry a license of steel!

    June 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
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