May 29th, 2012
08:42 AM ET

Reports: Miami 'zombie' attacker may have been using 'bath salts'

A naked man who chewed off the face of another man in what is being called a zombie-like attack may have been under the influence of "bath salts," a drug referred to as the new LSD, according to reports from CNN affiliates in Miami.

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The horrific attack occurred Saturday and was only stopped after a police officer shot the attacker several times, killing him.

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Larry Vega witnessed the attack on Miami's MacArthur Causeway. He told CNN affiliate WSVN he saw one naked man chewing off the face of another naked man.

Rudy Eugene

"The guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, 'Get off!'" Vega told WSVN. "You know it's like the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin."

"It was just a blob of blood," WSVN quoted Vega as saying. "You couldn't really see, it was just blood all over the place."

Vega said he flagged down a passing police officer.

"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," Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar told CNN affiliate WPLG.

The attacker was identified by Miami-Dade Police as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. Miami-Dade referred CNN to Miami Police for all other details of the investigation.

Augilar said he suspects the attacker was under the influence of "bath salts." Four other drug use instances in Miami-Dade bear resemblances to Saturday's attack, he told WPLG.

"It causes them to go completely insane and become very violent" and take off their clothes, Augilar told WPLG.

Dr. Paul Adams, an emergency room physician at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, told CNN affiliate WFOR that the drug makes users delirious. They exhibit elevated temperatures and extreme physical strength, Adams said.

“I took care of a 150 pound individual who you would have thought he was 250 pounds,” WFOR quoted Adams as saying. “It took six security officers to restrain the individual.”

Adams said users have been known to use their jaws as weapons, according to WFOR.

According to a 2011 report from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals.

"Doctors and clinicians at U.S. poison centers have indicated that ingesting or snorting 'bath salts' containing synthetic stimulants can cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions," according to the NIDA report.

In October, the Drug Enforcement Administration made possession of the stimulants in bath salts, Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone, illegal under an emergency order. The order lasts for a year with a possible six-month extension.

The stimulants have been placed under restrictions or banned in 37 states, according to a DEA press release.

The victim of Saturday's attack, whom police have not identified, was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial on Monday, according to the WPLG report. Augilar told WPLG that 75% to 80% of his face was missing.

Eugene had an arrest record, mostly misdemeanors, including a battery charge from when he was 16 that was later dropped, according to the Miami Herald.

He had been married but divorced in 2007, WPLG reported. His former wife told the station that Eugene had been violent toward her.

Homeless people near where the attack took place said Eugene was often seen around the area looking confused, according to WPLG.

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  1. mac691

    I thought he did it for Trayvon.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Church of Suicidal

    Rule #1: Cardio.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • iGlassHalfFull1


      Awesome movie!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Missy

    Somebody call Al Sharpton, the Black Dem Caucas, and Eric Holder. Another unarmed black man was shot while being racially profiled – "shot down like a rabid dog!." All the poor innocent black guy was doing was eating "Skittles" (and I'm only guessing that that was the victims name). Come on MSNBC, let's get the retoric ramped up. Eric, bring in the investiators. They shot the poor black man for EWB in a PA (Eating While Black in a Public Area).

    May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iGlassHalfFull1

    wait a second? He ate ol boys face off! jesus christ! 😮

    May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. curtis

    Rest assured, this is being over sensationalized in order to enforce ever stricter drug laws and to keep our private prison systems fat and happy.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ECM

      Sensationalized?? He was eating the guy's face off! WTH are you on about?! I don't care what your stance is on the drug war, but your comment is *ridiculous*.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • pablo

      curtis, seek learning, not drugs.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Hard to downplay a story about a man eating another man's face while on drugs

      May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • garyinco

      Chewing someones face off doesn't need to be sensationalized.

      Thankfully my kids are grown or I'd be worried about them trying this stuff. Most people have never heard of "bath salts". I listened to a mother talk of her child who tried to kill some people, and them killed himself.

      It's a shame they compare it to LSD. If anything, it reduces violence.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      Curtis, you dope, how can anyone sensationalize a naked man eating the flesh off another man's face? It can't be blown out of proportion. It's already there.

      How do you get your shoes on the correct feet in the morning?

      May 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |

      *** This, ladies and gentlemen, is what is wrong with society.

      Rest assured, this is being over sensationalized in order to enforce ever stricter drug laws and to keep our private prison systems fat and happy.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MiaMEH

    Calgon, take me away!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. am

    sounds like he was demon possessed to me.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • delane

      president obama the dog eating president's son. hey guys..this is just obamas example of LATE LATE LATE term abortion. Just like the evil obama wants...kill kill kill . christopher kelly, andrew breitbart, kam kuwatta, larry sinclair, col harris...obama must be so proud

      May 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Braz

    To the dude who likes to write huge run on sentences....Your a nut. I have a permit and would have shot this maniac myself if I walked up on it, any citizen should not tolerate this horrible behavior. I salute the officer for his actions, this guy needed removed from this earth! His victim is maimed forever. It is not minority thing at all you racist! He just happened to be black but would have been shot had he been Green! Its also not about leagalization of drugs! Some folks always move to the harder drugs for the biggest high. As far as I am concerned all drug dealing should be a capital offense, then it would stop. As far as a man EATING another man's face??? Well he needed shot, thats all I got to say about that.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Random

      I don't agree with you about drugs. I do agree with you about shooting a monster no-mater what color he is. The Policeman needs a trophy for this! (and a counselor )

      May 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tonytee


    May 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Omar

    If Obama had a Cannibal Zombie....

    May 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Freedom

      Okay, that's funny.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tonytee

    another hungry democrat

    May 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • formerfye

      Another ignorant Republican

      May 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mr. Hand


    May 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roddy Piper

    Next time just take a nice long luxurious bath with the salts.... don't eat them!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RS

    Sounds more like a drug that opens a gateway into demonic invasion like this.

    Mark 5
    2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
    3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
    4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
    5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
    6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
    7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
    8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
    9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. delane

    during slavery the blacks who were brought over by the black muslims from africa had a strong sense of God and Christianity. Now the black community has been devastated by the USA govt..providing a wedge to the black family and black babies being aborted by 500X whites and black mothers 76% not wedding the babies father bc "the govt provides a better daddy" and provides a wedge. THE GOVT IS THE PROBLEM. all my black tenants are a MESS 100% of the time. When the blacks used to be great tenants 20 years ago. what happened to them? THE GOVT HAPPENED TO THEM.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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