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. phipphip

    The real question is, did the police officer cut off his head? Bad things happen when you don't cut off the head...

    May 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Rule two double tap in the head.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim in PA

    This reminds me of an attack on a Greyhound-type bus a year or two ago in Canada, where a man attacked the sleeping man next to him, stabbed him, and started eating him. Jesus, if I keep reading stories like this I just may go vegetarian...

    May 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottie in Tdot

      The guy "just" cut the victim's head off and walked around the bus holding it...there was no cannibalism

      May 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim in PA

    "The next LSD"?!?! That makes about as much sense at attributing the behavior to "Reefer Madness."

    May 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MightyMoo

    Ok.. zombie inducing bath salts? There are days when I'm really grateful for the second amendment. >_>

    May 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Yes, fat people will die first. Then the anti gun tree huggers. I WIN.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. slickpudding

    @sumday You sir are an idiot.. You went to the "spirit world" on shrooms? please tell me where you get your shrooms man, cause i've never even heard of hallucinations on shrooms.. Distortion and "nice pretty colors" but never seeing something that wasn't there or "traveling to a spirit world" LMAO.. and you are going to believe a "junkie" You are the reason normal, free thinking, rational people cannot enjoy the finer things in life.. I do not condone drug use in anyway, but the last time i checked, drugs are manufactured not grown..

    May 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potrzebie

      The shrooms you did must have been crap. Plus the stems are milder than the caps. Get some fresh caps.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TiredODaCrap

    One naked guy ate the face off of another naked guy in public and we're worried about what the guy was on??? What the frack was the victim naked for?????

    May 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. smb04d

    Everyone is forgetting about the guy who got his face eaten off!!!! He's been bitten! What's to say he won't die and then wake up a zombie...or he could be turning as we speak!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. td40

    24 hours and 1,000 different news reports later, commenters still think they are original and clever with the zombie angle. It was really funny... the first 180 times 🙂

    May 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    Remember also not to refer to 'group members' (people who you travel with across the wastelands of the apocalypse) by their real names, or you could become too attached.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smokeee

    man i've been waiting for a zombie apocalypse since forever!!! I just hope they aren't the sprinting zombies...

    May 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PantyRaid

    If you can hold it in your hands, you can smoke it!

    May 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 1973

    I know someone who has taken this stuff, It is nothing to mess around with. It is alot like LSD & PCP. They can even have "flashbacks". This person went to a hospital during a bad trip and they couldn't do anything for him but let it run it's course. (it was still legal about a year ago). They won't admit him in to detox. The doctor who saw the person told the person who took them to the ER that they are not safe to be around and to never be alone with them again.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan Davus

      Yes, the PCP problem is destroying the black community in Florida. It's a new PCP. GEt ready for more stories coming out of Florida. This stuff happens everyday here and it's never covered. I know from someone who knew his cousin but Trayvon Martin was on this stuff, and those band kids from A&M. They are all on it. Every one of them.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PantyRaid

    Why not eat some Morning Glory seeds? They're legal and contain LSA which is similar to LSD.

    Or you can always eat some cactus. Peruvian Torch cactus is sold most everywhere and has mescalin in it.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sharon

    Wow, Does Garlic work or is that only for vampires? And why would they put an ad before this video, Wow, really, you want to advertise your tool along with a face eater??

    May 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marc

    This is poor reporting. Asking the question in the headline, you'd think they heard from the medical examiner to be able to answer it. Sure they provide facts about the incident and the attacker, and about bath salts themselves, but absolutely no facts to link the two together. It's like they just mashed two separate articles together.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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