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. Duane

    Sadly I foresee the family suing the police department for killing their "innocent son"

    May 30, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Duke

      of course, but only if the shooting officer is white.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • truthhound

      that is just absurd...this guy "CLEARLY and WITHOUT QUESTION" was physically harming the other guy...killing him...the police officer acted responsibly to protect himself and others with the proper use of force. Its statements like these that make no diffentiation between acting responsibly and police overacting and the overuse of force...that cause tension between authorities and the public. When they get it right say it...but when they get it wrong...say that as well.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. sbssue1

    If people would work as hard at being good decent people as they do at being horrific, this would be a perfect world. Sick people just want to destroy everything we have because they aren't happy themselves. We need to end this type of behavior.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      You go ahead and work on that... let me know how it turns out.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Oh, good idea. Never thought of that...

      May 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nah

    Aww, look, it's a druggie who thinks he knows chemistry!

    May 30, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. sbssue1

    Cosmic C: I get alcohol and drugs.,,,,,,why religion? All faiths lead to the same place, do on to others, I say! I can't fault anyone I know for their religion. If that makes them a better person than that's a good thing. Again, sick world for the good people that have to tolerate this type of behavior.......

    May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stan

    He wasn't on bath salts, he just likes his Soylent Green to be really fresh.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. William R. Pembroke Easterton IV

    Best headline ever.... ever.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Azalin

    He is potentially patient X......The zombie apocalypse has started......get your guns and body armor and be prepared

    May 30, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Azalin

    this is obviously a government cover up..........bath salts are not the issue here.....its the T or G virus

    May 30, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil G

    What a horrendous quote by Fernando Aguilar. This guy has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Calm down

    Has the Zombie Apocalypse begun?

    May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. unreal

    I feel sorry for the victim...that would be perhaps among the craziest things a person could do to someone else...I hope that cop filled that crazy focker's face with plenty of ammo, reloaded and filled him some more.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    Love how they compare this to LSD. Last I checked, LSD didn't make people eat other peoples' faces. Oh well at least they didn't try to compare it to pot.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    No, Thunder. Possession is what we'd call it if we didn't have science to tell us that it was drug related. But don't let facts get in the way of your fairy tales.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hoss

    Stop calling him a "zombie!" A zombie is a living corpse. This guy is a cannibal.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ironfray

      No, a Zombie is more of a mindless shell that operates on primal instincts. A cannibal is someone who knowingly and willingly eat another human being.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • mindless or knowing

      ok smarties, which one is this guy?

      May 30, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hoss

      I got my definition from an encyclopedia. Not sure where Ironfray got his or hers. But that's OK. Either way, now that he is dead, maybe he'll come back as a flesh-eating zombie. Stay away from the Causeway!

      May 30, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ronald Raygun

    lol.. you bible people are hilarious

    May 30, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
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