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. 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 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Firewalker

      Peyote, Angel of Death Mushrooms, and dozens of plants that grow in most peoples gardens... psychotropic yes... cannibalistic no. Not a supporter or fan of drugs. Just think there is more to this than drugs.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jack

    k, thats great

    May 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ashley

    Hahahahhah 2012....

    May 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. anon

    Fire Brad Lendon. Pathetic attempt at painting LSD as a dangerous substance. Article even contradicts itself with "bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals." MDPV is nothing like any psychedelic. It is a stimulant.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sherryrae40

    I understand drugs do bad things to people.. but I have never heard of drugs causing cannibalism..

    May 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Deep5

    Florida really isn't having a good year... are they? What a disgrace... can we trade them for Peurto Rico?

    May 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • WebstersEnglishDictionary

      Only if you can spell it.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tammy

    Michelle, being homeless and probably no job State of Florida has a program for trauma victims that picks up the tab. They have physicians of all fields of medicine. Just hope with the rise of flesh eating disease out there that he will survive. And just possibly a plastic surgeon with compassion will step up to the plate.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. poisonedbody

    I am surprised there are so many people defending drug use on here, yes the facts might be wrong and the drug listed isnt what the guy was on, but the fact is drugs no matter which ones are bad, things like this happen when drugs are out there my guess is he was on many different drugs I mean if your going to do drugs to the point that you EAT someones FACE why are you stopping at one drug. I just think that drugs are bad and should be done away with ALL drugs and I pray that this degree of problems with drugs dont repeat itself

    May 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dana

    Why are they calling this the new LSD? LSD does nothing like this to you, not even in a bad trip. I'm sick and tired of these idiots treating every recreational drug as if they are all alike. They go banning Salvia divinorum, but this crap stayed legal as long as it did? Much less some of the legal stuff that is just as bad or worse? Whatever. Can we start practicing some actual science in this country, please? I'd sure appreciate it.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mybratpack5

    WOW!!...some of the comments on here really amaze me...The one's that seem as if they support this drug...Have you seen what's happening to the kids that have gotten addicted to it...It's in the news now because of this man. But for the last year or more in my neck of the woods, Tennessee...The damage from bath salts and k2 is piling up..Kids have been buried...Hospitals are having to set aside rooms in ICU to deal with the influx of patients who come and have to be intubated an sedated for weeks..You obviously have not clue just how bad this "aromatherapy product" is. Every time we get a ban here on a chemical that's in it, the scientists behind the manufacturers are changing. When you change the chemical compound of something, your bound to have some bad consequences. The stores that sell it, like to say it's all natuaral meanwhile slapping a label on it "not for human consumption", knowing full well what is being done with it...I am hoping that now that it's in the national news, it will get the attention it deserves and that laws will start changing..The financial gain from this is not worth losing another life or haing your loved one end up mentally unstable for life.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jedidiah92

    hmmm I could have been Demon posession ??? You never know... it Is Real and Its really scary upclose!!!! when It said the guy growld then it made me think lol.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. telgoz

    "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,"

    Sounds like fun- where can I get some?

    May 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alena

    Omg tht iis creepy if i evr seen a zombie i would take my rifle wit me at all times dont care if i get in trouble cuz wen the time comes u never know wen you will need a gun

    May 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alena

    Ppl listen to me this is seriious cuz u never know they might be just around the corner or somewhere around there u ppl just be careful wenever u leave ur houses make sure to bring a gun or something tht would kill them.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Antwoine A.

    The word is Cannibalism. Not a zombie. I mean really news media?!.... Next thing you know you'll have some bible thumper wanting to ban a popular tv series because of the erroneous labeling of this sick, sick, sick story.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • militarymike

      Those little marks on either side of the word zombie mean it's not really a zombie. I mean really Antwoine A.!? Next thing you'll have actual zombies trying to ban sarcasm.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TPAPM

      Actually he was shot multiple times and didnt die till a gun shot in the head.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kin

      Bible thumpers already want to ban shows like The Walking Dead, this story wil do absolutely NOTHING to either help or hurt their cause, so I dont see what problem you have with this being labeled a "zombie-like" attack. What the heck else do you call a man acting like an animal and eating people, who when shot in the body barely reacts, prompting the police to shoot him in the head instead. Im sorry dude, but you'd have to be living under a rock for the last 20 years to not think this sounds like a zombie attack. The story and headline are accurate.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      No your missing something by calling him a cannibal, even a cannibal will cook his food! Most cannibals will also stop eating after being shot, far more accurate to call him a ZOMBIE!!!!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • George A. Romero

      Yes, Antwoine, because it's not like cannibals and zombies have ANYTHING in common...


      May 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Florist

      Canibalism refers to eating the flesh of humans who have already died. Historically, it has usually been as a trophy or for ceremonial reasons unless there was a complete lack of another food source and it became necessary for survival.

      This is a ZOMBIE. The person being eaten was still alive. It was not a ceremony, it was a not a foe that he had killed and taken the flesh back to his tribe to share, and there was more than likely a 7-11 full of Slim Jims nearby. If you want to be indignant, at least get it right.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Firewalker

      Anthropologically speaking, Florist isn't wrong. However, some one with a Prion disorder, either genetic or organic, may not have the presence of mind to care about trophies or BBQ sauce.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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