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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    Hope everyone has their zombie plan ready.

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

      We all want to just go off and kill someone then eat their face this guy just had the balls to go do it naked

      May 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike C

    They've finally cooked up a zombie drug, and the government had nothing to do with its development. I know it sounds cliche.. but I didn't see that one coming.

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

    @Lou Cypher

    I can't believe you checked that.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Darren

    okay to the guy, you are a moron, I would have shot him too, he shoudl have been shot, he was eating another person alive, i mean come on.. Thats all i can say, first commented guy about shoudl have used no leathal force, you are a moron. get a life. here is my quote that i think fits this whole thing! by the way, off to get some twinkies!

    "The human race is the only species to protect STUPID"

    Darren - Dallas Texas

    May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. graph

    ok cop should have eatin his face am i right a face for a face lol sorry or knocked him out

    May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |

    BTW any "officer" who discharges their weapon into another person anywhere even if it looks completely justified should still be subject to immediate urine, blood, AND HAIR ANALYSIS...

    May 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |

      Why ?

      May 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sumday

    For those who don't know- bath salts are like meth and PCP combined in one and just as addicting as meth. I know bc my relative was just killed and I talked to his junkie friends who explained what bath salts were and what it did. I'll put it to you this way when you have a junkie admit to shooting the stuff in his neck, tell you he LOVES THE STUFF and when he can't get it he goes back to using heroin, well then you know it's pretty bad.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Soldierzgirl

    it doesn't matter what color who was. the guy could have been purple with green spots or orange with blue stars. if a persons face is getting chewed off by an animal, we shoot it. If a human is behaving in a way that is exactly like an animal chewing a face off, we shoot it. color is irrelevant. I am pretty sure that If my face is getting chewed off, negotiations are pretty well isolated to 'get this thing off me'. Asking the man to 'stop eating that guy's face' would have been the 'trying to get the crazed man off the victim' part. I am unsure why you expect an investigation and spending thousands of tax dollars on something that is pretty cut and dry. Spend the damn dollars keeping the drugs off the streets. Its not the cop's fault the man was mauled. The cop was doing his job, and if it takes six shots to bring down a crazed man, what 'nonlethal' force would you recommend? Do you normally use nonlethal force with grizzly bears?

    May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |

      Keeping the drugs off the streets? My dear girl they have been keeping the drug game and gangster going for 4 decades now. Their not trying to keep it off the streets... It has allowed them to usurp control of government, strip us of all our rights, and bankrupt society as well as keeping us all in fear and re-oppressing minorities... This shows bad police work and training. NO YOUR WRONG HE ISNT JUSTIFIED IN IMMEDIATELY OPENING FIRE. BOLOGNA He has other means at his disposal period. Hes not supposed to just go to the handgun and start blazing PERIOD. Yeah its heinous but thats why they have training right? Our countrys going to be a better place when the only thing on the streets are LEGITIMATE SPORTING FIREARMS LIKE RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS....

      May 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Zombie Apocalypse. Are you ready?

    May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. luxomni

    GREAT. Now you have advertised "a great new way to get high". There will be people trying it just to find out if it really works and if they will be able to handle it. I hope that Brad Lendon, the writer, will someday recognize his part in furthering this problem.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    A police officers says "It might be a new form of LSD"

    A doctor treating the victim says "it might be bath salts"

    The media runs wild with the speculation.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      re read it.. they are saying bath salts are the new lsd.. not 2 different opinions of what it could be

      May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Airborne Ranger

    Drug use in this country is on the rise due to many factors, people who try and use race, as an excuse for this horiffic attack are part of the problem and need to grow up.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Police acted poorly? Are you people on dope? The guy ate another mans face. Even when police confronted him he did not stop. I'm sorry if I run across a man eating another person I'm shooting the SOB.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrandmaA

      John, I agree with you. Why in heavens name can one even venture into questioning the policemans actions. I would have done the very same thing. Folks why bring up race? It is just not part of the issue. The guy was doing a horrific thing, was asked to stop, didn't, asked again (I think I read the cop warned a second time) and then shot once, the guy kept on and the cop shot him dead. There you go. I don't care what drug it is, the guy, was taking something that wound him up. His decision don't you think?

      May 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paulo

    Beware of naked people in Miami. This could have a chilling effect on South Beach tourism. What if the guy next to you decides he wants a little face time with you and rips your nose off?

    May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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