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. MassiveMarbles

    OMG, now we know that if some idiot dumps bath salt into the resevoir, an entire town will become zombies! GREAT !!!

    There are some things that the public should NOT know!!! This is ONE of them!!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hot Carl

    Face on.......face off.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. missdwhit

    I've done a fair share of drugs in my day – LSD included – and I've never had the urge to eat another person's face off. I mean, really. This guy most likely had psychological issues to begin with – add in bath salts and watch out. That poor homeless man, how awful! Reading this story gives me the willies.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • kittykatieloo

      It's not really LSD – they are just using that as a shorthand for "drug that makes you hallucinate vividly". It's closer to PCP or meth as far as what it actually does to people.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. prestonsc

    This takes thug-dom to a whole new level.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. prestonsc


    May 30, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phil

    But hey lets legalize drugs. After all face eating is not a big deal

    May 30, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      I agree Phill.. I mean weed gives people the munchies and the government has been hiding the fact that those hippies each other’s faces off.


      May 30, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. where

    did you hide in canada too?

    May 30, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher Wood

    The Zombie Apocalypse begins!!!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam


      May 30, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. t clements

    Silence of the Bath Salts

    May 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Engineer in Raleigh

    Legalize drugs already. That would end this never-ending cycle of untested designer drugs in favor of well-understood ones. The drug war simply does not work, it's an expensive fantasy and a waste.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. smartaz

    I guess he bought them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond the Grave

    May 30, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I see wat you did there...

      May 30, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jones

    Okay, so why do they keep talking about bath salts? Don't they wait until autopsy and toxicology reports? How can they even just rule out psychiatric issues? The guy probably had a history of mental illness. Look at what happened in Canada, that guy who killed a fellow bus passenger, stabbed and started eating his remains. The problem may be in the way they're being treated by the mental health system.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. DAn

    The important thing is, did they shoot both the killer and the victim in the head?

    May 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      TECHNICALLY it doesn't matter. Although the thought that zombeis cannot be killed without a frontal shot to the lobe may sound plasible, as that's where Salanum virus takes hold..... If you are able to shoot a zombie in the torso to uper should region, you can possible damage his respitory/arm sytems enough for him to stop. No need to kill, as long as the knee caps are deCAPitaded.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. m

    "It causes them to go completely insane and become very violent" and take off their clothes, Augilar told WPLG.

    Taking off your clothes is also a side-effect of freebasing bath salts? Count me in.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      I don't need bath salt to take off all my clothes

      May 30, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. sxj016

    Wonder if someone would choose to dump tons of that stuff in the water supply? Would be cool to wake up to a Zombie Apocolypse!

    May 30, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
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