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. 4evrlost

    II"m not going to Florida. "RESIDENT EVIL"!

    May 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vatoloke

    Would you like some Grey Poupon with that face??

    May 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tet1953

    No federal ban on these substances, but a truly medicinal plant you cannot grow and smoke.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. confused

    "not need to be shot 7-8 times". I'm pretty sure when the police officer saw the guy look up at him, finish the piece he was eating, and then take another bite, he was no longer worrying about the rights of the guy who was eating another person.

    It's statements like yours that give fuel to right wing gun nuts. "If it were up to liberals the police wouldn't even be allowed to shoot zombies without first attempting civil discourse". I think if there were EVER proof that police should be allowed to shoot first ask questions later it would be THIS case.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • angryersmell

      The "7-8 times" was referring to another story, not this one. Your comment has gone AWOL, chief.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Schmegmund

    Tried Bath Salts once, when they were still legal in my state. I've done a LOT of different chemicals over the years, and I can say that it was singularly the worst experience of my life. It didn't come close to making me want to eat anyone's f'ing face, but it was highly unpleasant.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rachel

    why would you want to put another pictuure up there if this is the manthat did it. that is not racist thats showing you who to watch out for. you did a great job police .keep it up.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. beth

    omg that is hilarious!!! I just thinks its the start of a zombie apocalypse~

    May 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. max3333444555

    This doesnt sound anything like LSD.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan Davus

      Because it's the new PCP coming out of Cuba that the black community is getting a hold of. This stuff will continue to happen whether the media reports it or not.. so far the media is just now beginning to report on what has been happening here since last summer.. which is rampant cannablism in the homeless community and hordes of black guys walking around our neighborhoods late at night like zombies and willing to DO ANYTHING to you, especially like charging at passing cars, which is what set off the Trayvon Martin ordeal.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truthbetold

    This is the worst thing I've ever heard of in real life....straight out of a horror film

    May 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

      Apparently, it's happening everyday in Florida. It's the word I get any way. I've canceled all of my trips there over the summer. The PCP problem is out of hand and I'm not going back there until they get a grip on it.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arthur

    When I read this story I thought about that zombie survival guide that was on the CDC blog or website.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      See the government knew this was going to happen. It's Clintons fault.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Firewalker

    I'm flashing on something that comes up often. When one can't explain something horrific they blame drugs, race or supper natural causes. Sometimes things happen. There is a reason but we make up our own minds as to the cause. We want to blame something tangible so we can control future outcomes. One man is dead and another is disfigured in a manner we can't comprehend. Let's blame something prosaic so we can sleep at night.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hmmwaitasec

    So, I after some many hours of thought and debate, I have decided to remove from my bucket list "to do as much bath salt as humanly possible"...

    May 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. frank

    this is CDC stuff. Testing on humans (americans) to perfect for our 'enemies'.. Am i crazy? Ok and the gov't never tested lsd on it's own soldiers and the gov't never conducted a 40 yr test on black men, injecting them with syphillis. know your gov't.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Max Brooks from Florida

    So this is how the zombie apocalypses starts...

    And LOL @ 'the new LSD'. Sounds like the CNN affiliates who wrote that never bothered to verify any of the urban legends about LSD.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Exactly. This ain't the "new LSD." If anything, it's the new PCP. Damn, I'm old ...

      May 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan Davus

      It's the new PCP that is coming up from cuba by the ton, and the black community in Florida is getting a hold of it. Trayvon, A&M, woman killer and various cannableistic instances now all due to this new PCP that is eating Florida alive.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arthur

    Even if the guy was a byproduct of experimentation the official report will be drugs.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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