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. Bitrat

    The new PCP – anyone remember when people with "superhuman strength" on PCP required special bullets according to the police? Turned out to be a little also – these are amphetamine analogs with the same spectrum of effects. In a few years it'll be something else – time to end the "war on drugs" IMHO.....

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

    This is what happens whe Twinkie supplies run low!!!!!

    May 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mick

    A black LSD junkie tries to eat a white man...where are the activists? Where are the protests? If the rolls were reversed they would be out in truckloads,all over the news.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimrock

      LSD junkie? Not quite.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Dough

    Once again illustrates the pressing need for more abortions, capital punishment, contraception, eugenics, euthanasia and sterilization!

    May 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dzz

    Was dexter there?

    May 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MMM

    Another model florida citizen. Look at the mug shots down here on a daily basis and 95% of them look like this guy.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thebes42

    It had nothing to do with LSD. Perhaps some other new designer drug- maybe some dirty PCP, but most definitely not LSD-25. That is just propaganda from police who are basically clueless about "drugs".

    May 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madison

      You're clueless. The article said it wasn't LSD. It was likely bath salts.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. teapartymember

    This guy was clearly high on pot. Everything I've read says you get the munchies.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Captain Obvious

    Meanwhile, marijuana remains illegal.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nugent and Arpaio sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

    Like I told you
    What I said
    Steal your face right off your head

    May 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sxj016

    I want to be a zombie! Where do I get the drugs to make me one 🙁

    May 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    probably an escapee from a transhuman zombie soldier military research laboratory

    Jobs of the 21st Century.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim in PA

    Oh no... it's starting! Stockpile food and ammo, board up the windows, and remember people, you can only take them down with a head shot!

    May 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Glad I stay in shape. First rule is cardio. Fat kids will be picked on once again. YESSSSSSSSSSS

      May 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SarahMichelleGellar

    Instakill? Don't shoot, stab!

    May 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. angryersmell

    The description of the "new LSD" on the streets sounds almost exactly like the old description for PCP. I've heard of this stuff showing up locally, but I had no idea it was becoming such a big problem. In all seriousness, neither PCP or LSD should be taken lightly, and if this stuff is more dangerous than PCP, and easier to get, we should all be very concerned.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      We all humbly apologize for not seeking your expertise sooner.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      Then we should all get our pistol permits and pack 24/7.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potrzebie

      LSD is nothing like PCP or bath salts. It does sound like PCP is like bath salts. PCP makes you feel like a paranoid corpse. I've never used bath salts, but I've seen videos of the results. Nasty stuff.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan Davus

      It's the new PCP that is coming up form Cuba that the black community is getting a hold of. The whole state is falling in on itself. It all started with Trayvon Martin. This PCP will be the end of Florida.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
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