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. erik the dead

    theyre here! shoot em in the head!

    May 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • selena

      whatt is wrong with you grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!! kill them there here < really???? imma pray for you only the lord hiimself can help you

      May 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alchemy

    just seen a report they are blaming this on LSD, as LSD has been used since the 60's without this type of behavior i find this a blatant act of disinformation

    May 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Straight Swag

      It's not LSD. LSD is good for you and your mind. It's PCP. It's the otherworldly potent new PCP from CUBA that is taking over Florida. It is the culprit in the Trayvon Martin case when he charged at Zimmerman's vehicle, the Florida A&M killing and the mother who killed her kids killing. It has turned the black community into a filthy blood brothel. There are full-grown black men wandering out streets late at night, completely nude and willing to do ANYTHING to you.. you could call it a zombie apocalypse because that is what it feels like. And they sure look like zombies when you cast your headlights on a cul-de-sac that is full of them and they are nude and covered in blood.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duh

    Bath salts should be legal and pot should be illegal. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. salinesolution

    sorry hotshot but the pot heads aren't the problem. The problem is ignorant people like you.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOMEONE EXPLAIN!!

      Ignorant people like us?

      what are you talking about??

      May 31, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Redbullet

      hell ya to that brother. This country is full of too much idiocracy and always playing the blame game. Never write a check with your mouth that you cant cash with your ass

      May 31, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. FUSEDVIAL

    He had taken 'Bath Salts' which have a LSD type of effect. But I know people have completely lost it and never came back mentally fit from this crap. It's synthetic chemicals to create what these manufacturers call 'Bath Salts' They know what it's doing and haven't done anything.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Ellis

      The effects aren't anywhere near LSD.... this is black magick, man.. or something that seems like it. It's a weird strain of PCP out of the carribean. These black people are getting a hold of this PCP and going completely banana's. No one in the media wants to cover this and we need some real help down here.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trent

    The apocalypse begins. Get the guns ready and try not to get bit.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike k.

      seven-six-two millimeter– full. metal. jacket.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jasper

    One less Niger to worry about now!

    May 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      lol...check ur spelling....you're too stupid to even be a good bigot.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. that guy

    hey man some one like that needs to get put down because regardless of drugs the concept was in is head drugs just let him play it out other sources say they didnt fatally shoot him at first he just didnt stop... and lets be honest what would you do

    May 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. defenestrated

    I actually find this very funny. Was this the appetizer or the entree?

    May 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike H.

      The strane thing is that the story doesn't say the victim was trying to fend-off the attacker. What's even stranger is that the story says the victim was also naked. Were both of them under the influence of those pesky bath salts?

      May 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. STEPH

    this is crazy! i feel bad for the homeless man he should have known to run when he seen a naked man looking crazy coming twords him....people DO NOT NEED DRUGS TO BE CRAZY! there is alot of sick storys there in FL the mom who ate her kid 😦 sadsad world we live in some crazy times!demonic.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. giggling

    Watch the video. Who's most grotesque? The attacker or the giggling witness? Miami... steer clear... everyone's nuts down there in Flori-DUH... They're now eating flesh, or giggling about it. Must be the sun...

    May 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. salinesolution

    Go hang out in the hood and see how long it takes before some black guy commits a hideous crime against you. won't be long. you can't ignore facts that say black men commit more crime than any other race.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yuiru

      Source please?
      Since when is, "black men commit more crime than any other race" a fact?
      You are simply making a erroneous assumption based on a ignorant interpretation of very narrow specific incarceration statistics.

      July 5, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike H.

    Zombie Apocalypse starts in Florida. Spreads onward to georgia and neighboring states. Let's just hope those "bath salts" do not make it to our drinking water supply.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • southerner01

      At least in Georgia, we know to hole up at the prison near Atlanta, after we're forced off the farm!

      June 3, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • JesskaAngel

      You're all so racist. Your comments are more of a hate crime than that colored man eating that homeless man's face. Anyone from any race could've done that. Just because he's African American doesn't mean you can hate on the whole race.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. trippin

    Wow... One bad case of the "munchies"... ewww...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hap Hazzard

    Rule #2 – Double tap.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatOneChick

      THANK YOU
      DOUBLE TAP

      May 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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