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. steven harnack

    Too bad that all of this is pure speculation but people are reacting like the facts are in. He could very well be a wildly psychotic mentally ill person and that was that. Yes ban that nasty stuff, but leave off the lurid speculation.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trent


    May 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katie

    This stuff sounds really bad – why does anybody want to get high with it? There are all sorts of reports of people destroying property, attacking people, doing things human beings don't even dream about. Perhaps instead of trying to subdue these people when they're on a bath-salt rampage, we should just put them out of their misery. If they're that stupid in the first place to take this stuff, we should just remove them from society forever.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    The guy "MAY HAVE" drank a glass of water. He "MAY HAVE" took an aspirin. He "MAY HAVE" had a pizza. There is no definite answer until the autopsy results come it, meanwhile everything else is just speculation. He may have been smoking cigarettes, or perhaps had a bowl of Lucky Charms. The author of this article may have just dropped some acid, or may have never graduated from the School of Journalism. Just sayin.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHO needs to learn to use the English grammar ?

      Yes, he also may have DRUNK a glass of water, and he may have TAKEN an aspirin. Verb tenses are your friend. Use them appropriately.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brandon

    Anyone who says that the shooting was not justified should promptly remove themselves from the gene pool.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doobie Wah

      Thank you Brandon.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Miss fair

    Ok slow it down my mom has been on some hard core drugs my whole life along with many of her friends and i have never seen any of them roll in naked are start flesh munching, second off i an a major zombie movie fan yes, this worries me yes, in no way is this cool. Third the government will hide alot none of us will know all of it. I am a christian and do pray often but on the other hand prayer is only for the soul and in part the mercale of the body healing but it is not a fail safe christans hard core christians die of bizzare things every day. And finally if the man with 20% of a face starts growling then we can all panic!!!!! And just a fyi this has happened at least 4 times in london over the weekend and some of this was going on during the mad cow outbreak! Start a garden get self protection and preservation smart and a little prayer wouldn't kill ya.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dance This Mess Around

      I stopped reading when you said "christian".

      May 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. buck minster

    Lock n' load folks!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. robert

    CHRIST IS COMING YOU GUYS NEED TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD!!! JESUS is coming for his people and the people that does belive or useing this stuff you guys will be left behind and be in the bottom;s pit GET RIGHT NOW!!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • alleygator

      Yeah, be careful not to eat from the flesh of Christ.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dance This Mess Around

      I prefere to get left with god.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cali

    Well....atleast its happening on the east coast first. Plenty of time to prepare. Funny....even in the movies (and yes I KNOW they are movies) its always some form of drug involved .... hmmm

    May 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    Bath Salts – which Do contain either Mephedrone, 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone are NOT the new LSD. They are stimulants and the affects are more similar to esctasy/MDMA and coke, not LSD. I should know, I know people who have taken it. Drug dealers are replacing MDMA in mollies/esctasy with Methylone as cheap alternative. Though the effects are very similar to MDMA , it's1/3 the strength, a very short high and more dangerous. These people must be having bad reactions, mixing it with something else or overdosing. If we legalized drugs we would cut down on all these dangerous chemicals being pushed by dealers. People want to party, its human nature and more and more t are not getting what they think they are getting. It's also irrisponsible to report someone was one something without actually being tested. Another article I read said the person was on weed. Ridiculous.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ussbrattain


    May 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paul England

    "....a drug referred to as the new LSD, according to reports from CNN affiliates in Miami". "Someone" needs to do some research before they make completely irresponsible, uninformed, and ignorant comparisons regarding LSD. Those making comments like the one quoted in this piece obviously have no direct experience with psychedelics and apparently are simple minded "parrots" of sensationalist tripe that creates more misunderstanding of a substance that has profound evolutionary potential.... The comparison between LSD and "bath-salt's" is beyond absurd but I don't expect this stupidity to end anytime soon – especially from the drones of the news media!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. juggalo

    tastes better with pepper

    May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. flat

    imagine if this was used in a chemical attack on the u.s.? a zombie attack could very well be a reality.. scary

    May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Simmy


    May 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syndrome Zed

      Err....what definition of "not a religious message" are you using?

      May 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ded Nugent

      Let him come. I ain't gonna trip unless he naked on bath salts.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Will Jesus eat my face? Should I feel blessed?

      May 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoulCatcher

      I'm here already. You're too late.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      WWFD? I'm pretty sure Jesus wouldn't use all-caps.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dance This Mess Around

      Jesus has already been here.
      He took one look and said......why bother.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      When he gets here someone needs to warn him of the zombie problem.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
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