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. Whoa!

    LOL I'm gonna be stocking up on guns and Food for now.It's 2012 and it's supposed to end.ZOMBIES! BRING IT ON! 😀

    May 30, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. JbkhxC

    You make no sense at all Msb... how do you get that out of what he said?

    May 30, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. jaida

    Omg are we safe I'm scared of zobies

    May 30, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. uhhhhhwhat

    I CAN'T BELIEVE no one is mentioning anything about the guy who commented about a page back about letting his 8 year old USE BATH SALTS?! I mean, even if you don't believe drugs may make you go insane enough to eat someone, what about the given health problems to the user? THIS POOR LITTLE GIRL. I am a recovering addict (not bath salts) and I don't think ALL drugs have the potential to initiate psychosis, but they sure as hell will mess up the person using them! That man should be arrested and SERIOUSLY educated about what NOT to do to a child....

    May 30, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Nobody N. Particular

      Ever thought he was talking about allow his child to use "real" bath salts, and not the clever bath salts to work around drug laws. Bath salts (non-drug variety) have been around for decades, these new "bath salts" are nothing more than a clever marketing ploy to get around drug laws. If you have to try a drug, please stick to just pot, most of us can handle that type of stoner.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. TheGreenMan

    Anthrophagy is a traditional and still-practiced African diet. He was getting back to his 'roots'.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    Obamavoters always have an excuse.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Beauvice

    nom nom nom nom....

    May 30, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brendan

    sounds like "bath salts" is made with PCP in them.. So many people have incidents of gore and cannibalism on PCP

    May 30, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shaka Zulu

    People are the dumbest animals on the planet.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Nobody N. Particular

      Only because they are smart enough to know the difference between right and wrong, and yet still choose wrong.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. cynical

    Because of course a homeless guy would be taking some expensive designer club-kid drug instead of something cheap like PCP (aka "Angel dust")... seriously,, without the blood test being finished, this is nothing but more blatant DEA propaganda.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. wildone

    I wonder if Mike Tyson was on bath salts when he took a bite out of Holyfields ear.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. surprised

    Just crazy. if attacker lived his defense attorney would claim "temporary zombianity"

    May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steal Your Face

    New LSD? These people are out of their mind. This is the problem in the US. People that are supposed to understand drugs and their effects have no clue and pass on false info. I have a teacher friend who thinks heroin and LSD are the same type drug. They think marijuana is bad but suck down beer and wine like there's no tomorrow and load up their kids on Adderall, Ritalin, Zoloft, etc. Unbelievable.
    More like the new synthetic amphetamine psychosis inducing poison. Where they get LSD from this crap is beyond me and hundreds of thousands of others who have used LSD countless times.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      I used LSD many times back in the 70's. Not once did it cause me to become violent. If anything, it had a calming ,peaceful effect. There are a lot of different drugs out now and some of them are really bad.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. angryersmell

    New PCP guys. New PCP. LSD makes you think the cartoons are talking to you. PCP makes you try to punch through the TV and strangle them. Calling "bath salts" the new LSD is like calling heroin the new alcohol. Maybe someone was confused when they said that, or maybe they just have a vendetta against LSD, but the fact is making that comparison suggests to kids "bath salts" aren't a big deal. "Well, my big brother did 'cid once, so bath salts can't be all that bad."

    Wrong, kids. They are that bad. Face eating bad.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    WOW! I'm never taking a bath again.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
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