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. Obama

    If I had a son, he would look like the Zombie attacker.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken M

      This "joke" gets more idiotic every time it is played.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Transplanted Texan

    It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. If Barack Obama had a son – and you know the rest.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Married Mama

      Except he looks hardly anything like Obama. I'd say good try, but it wasn't.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Texan... no I don't know the rest. Enlighten me. And by the way, better hurry back to your trailer. Nascar's on.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • yahmez

      If only all the Obama jokes were as funny as yours. 100 internets to you!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    Um, pretty sure that bath salt abuse kind of takes the racism element out of it, except of course for those with chips on their shoulders from being oppressed. By oppressed, I mean not in any way oppressed.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Davis MD

    4.5 million years of evolution, yet the primordial beast still rages inside man. Do not be fooled that drugs were the only cause of this egregious action. Mark Davis MD president of healthnets review services.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CC

    "It causes them to go completely insane and become very violent" and take off their clothes" Amazing-Aguilar has professional medical credentials? I'll buy the part about making them insane but insanity doesn't mean violence-nor does it mean nudity. I don't know of any drug that can make a person actively do a specific thing. These people who become violent on these drugs are undoubtedly violent when off them too-all the drugs do (towards encouraging violence, etc) is loosen their inhibitions, just like alcohol.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. graph

    how can this be white and black violence this guy is trippin sack and eating peoples faces

    May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DJCowboy

    I just keep having the image in my mind of the first Resident Evil game when you first meet a zombie... Holy crap! I'm getting a shotgun and baseball bat ready!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    did the crime scene include a bag of skittles and a hoodie ?

    May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LizzieC

    1. Multiple shots (double tap, head shot)
    2. He was eating the guy!!
    3. Naked = stripping down to deal with the raging fever before the change
    4. Growling like an animal

    Zombie much? Time for a bigger gun and a plan for escape... Hello cows and fields! Bye bye high rises and millions of people.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick O'Shea

    It is horrific, now the government will want to pull everybody's teeth?

    May 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Below

    Wild animals need to be put down .

    May 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. S.T.

    What is wrong with you people! This attack has ZOMBIE written all over it! Imagine a weapon that can be unleashed on a populous in the air or water and within hours everyone kills each other! It's perfect! The government tests this stuff on the public all the time: look up "Unethical human experimentation in the United States" and see what you get! Now, I don't know the details, but I know one thing for sure...this was a zombie attack; you can call it whatever "logical" thing you want, but the specifics equate to that of what we all know to be a zombie attack! Now "they" go back to their labs or drawing-boards or whatever and continue development to perfect the results, after, of course, they read this comment page to see how the public reacts...OMG...Zombies...straight up ZOMBIES...This isn't the last story like this we'll see...mark my words...and every time, everyone will point to everything but the obvious, because the obvious is so crazy sounding=ZOMBIES!!!

    May 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LizzieC

    To add... conveniently they still have no idea who the victim was. How much you want to bet they never will? He'll just be dubbed a homeless man, why? because we will never hear about or see him again... he's either dead or locked up somewhere under testing.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zimbuthemonkey

    Freakazoid, are you serious? The guy had eaten 80% of the other guy's face while he was still alive. Let me repeat that again for effect He had EATEN 80% OF THE OTHER GUY"S FACE. I'm a law student myself, so I'm very cognizant of limitations that should be imposed on police powers, especially the use of deadly force. But for christ sake, when a person is eating someone alive, growls at you when you tell them to stop and then keeps on eating, you shoot, and you shoot to kill.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GH

    where is the "'revs"' al & jesse?

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