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. Doug Roberson

    If Obama had a son that was a cannibal, he would look like that dude.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      inappropriate but, still very funny. your sense of humor is as bad as mine......I like it.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Belarius Marek

    It has begun............

    May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kaga san

    If Obama had a son, he would look just like Eugene......

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

      If Obama had a son
      If Obama had a son....

      Bet its the same 12 year old using different names, while picking his nose.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sparky jabrones

    And to think it all started because one of the guys didn't want to lose face.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maria-Erlinda

    Since Rudy Eugene was profiled for being a black cannibal having been hunted and shot by a white cop (who results to be a Hispanic one), maybe all those racist black Democrat elected-officials (e.g., U.S. House Rep. Robert "Bobby" Smith, an unrepented former Black Panther) that wore "hoodies" in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, now, in solidarity with Eugene, eat someone's face. By the way, have you seen the recent pictures of Hillary Clinton without any makeup? "Bobby" Smith and the others should seriously stage their Eugene-solidarity stunt on Hillary. LOL 🙂

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

    If you all saw the recent episode of Dr. Drew, this shouldn't surprise you. These designer drugs are easily available to children because they are sold as incense and herbs and the label says "Not for Human Consumption." Despite that fact, everyone who buys them, smokes them and this is what happens.

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

      Generally people who use this kind of stuff don't eat other peoples faces off. The few cases that I heard of someone dying from bath salts and other similar drugs is that they suffer from a heart attack or their body shuts down due to the high toxicity of the drug. The last time I checked intense craving for human flesh and/or brains were not on listed among the signs and symptoms off these type of drugs.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Elliot

    Who termed this the "New LSD"? Probably some dumb pig or DEA agent. No wonder so many americans do drugs, they do them to drown out all the idiocy and misinformation our government and news agencies try to shove down our throats.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sumday

      Tell me what you know about bath salts bc I just found out about them- and guess what it causes hallucinations- hence the comparison to LSD. You know how I found out about bath salts? Bc my relative was killed in a fight while the 2 were on bath salts. Come to find out he was shooting bath salts right in his NECK so please tell us all what you know about these bath salts bc I spoke face to face with several junkies who told me all about it- said they loved it and when they can’t get it they go back to using heroin. Now I just told you what I know about bath salts- words that came straight from junkies injecting in their neck so please tell me what you think you know about it!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emily

    I am disgusted that so many racist idiots are commenting on this story. This is a horrific, sad story and race has NOTHING to do with any of this. By the way, did you get the memo? It's 2012. You backwards turds need some serious help and a good dose of empathy for others.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • larry1536

      Kinda like the Zimmerman story, right? No wait, he was hispanic, that made it racial.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

      Exactly. Race played nothing in this story. it was simply one man's hunger and another man's face. 😛

      May 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NoMoreMrNiceGuy

    Yeah, When they outlaw Jaws only outlaws will have Jaws.................

    May 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john the fisherman

    It's all right. I have immunity from the U.S. Attorney. And I have immunity... from the risen Jesus. And nobody beats the Riz.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shamanic Poet

    yep... let's blame TEH DRUGZ. I'm highly doubtful that this is the result of someone snorting methylone or mephedrone. Seems a LOT more like a dissociative like PCP, but whatever they need to say in order to ban yet ANOTHER set of drugs.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sumday

      My relative just died, he was a salt bath junkie. When I spoke with his junkie friends they brutally explained it to me. YES it is like PCP- in fact it's like PCP and Meth combined! These junkies were shooting it right into their necks bc they said it skips the heart and goes straight to the brain!!! They said when they can't get the bath salts they go back to heroin, before I had to bury my relative I had thought heroin was the worse drug but I guess not. It also goes by the name monkey dust bc after using it for a while you get dark circles around your eyes and they start to get sunk in and you look like a monkey. Before I buried my relative I also thought this was nothing serious but after talking to these junkies I'm here to tell you it's pretty effen bad! And every junkie I talked to said it was extremely addicting- just like meth.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cojonius maximus

    After taking me some bath salts I like to get nekkid and wash it down with some delicious black chocolate flesh...yummy yummy flesh

    May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • New York Nick

      Yea he was having his own little BBQ there with some homemade chitlin's and Shish bro bobs...

      May 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Youhavealittlesomethingonyourface

    This happens once and people are going to go on about it for a few days purely due to the horrific nature of the event. If it happens again any time soon, people are going to freak out. Once is an isolated event, twice is a pattern...

    May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nik green

    He might have been on datura. The active ingredients, scopolamine,hyoscyamine and atropine have a powerful range of hypnotic and deliriant effects that can make the subject do literally anything that comes into their mind – either by free association, or by suggestion/command by an outsider, or handler.

    For two classic examples, Michael Chapman and Sirhan Sirhan , who assassinated Robert Kennedy and John Lennon respectively, were both under the influence of extremely powerful hypnotic drugs – possibly scopolamine or a manufactured chemical with similar effects. Neither assassin tried fleeing after executing the hits – Chapman even calmly waited around the crime scene(s) – to be arrested. Amnesia is a common side effect of this class of drug and neither man remembered anything about the events. Each one parroted a ridiculous "explanation" as to their actions – undoubtedly a combined effect of their need to fill in the "missing time" and the implantation of a motive by their handlers while still under the influence.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      MARK DAVID Chapman killed John Lennon.
      Sirhan Sirhan killed Bobby Kennedy.
      If you can't get who killed whom or their names right, what else are you wrong about?

      May 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    This one goes out to all of those who support legalizing drugs, claiming that you should be able to put whatever you want in your body because it "doesn't effect anyone else." Won't it be nice when we have legal heroine addicts driving the school bus and making our food in restaurants or any other infinite number of scenerios. I can't wait.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Matt, so are there drunk bus drivers driving your kids around right now? Since alcohol is legal, I would assume everyone all over the place is drunk all the time? Please explain why this is not the case.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • reason

      Working to repeal alcohol then, too? Be consistent, please. Marijuana is much safer than alcohol.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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