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. DaJuan Hayes

    REAL LSD wouldn't cause someone to commit violent, gruesome acts like this. Violence is the LAST thing on the minds of people who are on an acid trip. We're more interested in immersing ourselves in the MAGIC of the world.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • bad trips

      true, but I have had a trip where I felt like my back was breaking

      May 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. moses

    haha, irony is funny.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. and his name is bath salts

    if jesus is coming he changed his name

    May 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. 70 to 80% of the victims face


    May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. malcolmscott

    well how about you take some and we will see what happens. If the same thing happens then we will see what you have to say.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |

    didnt i read this article yesterday?

    May 30, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. malcolmscott

    I guess the Bath and Body Works stores are going to be over run by teenagers wanting to see what it is really all about.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tengu

    LOL!!! So they should have given him the chance to arm himself??

    May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. BK

    damn drugs do make you zombies !!!

    May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Drugs probably dont make you a Zombie , but they do make you look like a weird looking dude. I don't know how someone could do something like that. But then again, he is a BUM!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Tajana Walker

      Do drugs really make you eat peoples face off and why were they both naked.Aren't drugs illegal why was he doing them.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Hayley

      All drugs are illegal and people do them everyday.. This is sad but they were probably both on drugs, Zombie, Really? When you put poisons into your body there is no limit as to what they will do to you... And eating the dude, yes very sick but there has been multiple counts where people have gotten arrested for canabalisim. But if you believe in zombies you are watching to many movies...

      May 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • trey

      blame it on drugs......this guy with or without drugs was a nutjob

      May 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      The new LSD? LSD doesn't make you eat faces! Get naked, certainly, but eat faces? Holy Crap!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phil G


    Your statement about drug users is as misinformed and ignorant as if I were to say the real reason he attacked the man was because he was black, and all blacks are dangerous criminals.

    That's a terrible thing to say, it's not true, and is disgusting. Your inference that all drug users are lazy, irresponsible people leaching resources from the government is just as bad. There are many, many responsible drug users that prefer the buzz of their drug of choice more than alcohol, tobacco, or prescription pain killers.

    The bottom line is we have dirtbags in the world and we have non-dirtbags. Just because one uses drugs or not does not put him into one category or another automatically.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. PAUL


    May 30, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Anyone who believes in the myth that is Jesus should be kicked off the planet.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jorge

    I think that was horrible and grusome. I think that insane weirdo thought the other guy was some kind of steak from olive garden or a buffet.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. Roach

    did anyone see where this zombie came from? did it come out of the water? it looks like the virus started in africa. we need to keep on top of thise

    May 30, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Firewalker

      Thanks Roach for bringing up the plight in Uganda. There is currently an unidentified "Zombie" affliction infecting children there. (NOT BATH SALTS) The CDC is currently looking into potential organic parasite causes. (NOT BATH SALTS) These children are suspects in arson related fires that maybe responsible for 200 deaths. Uganda is, however, a Landlocked country.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Imperkani

    Hmm, surefire way to tell that the attacker was a liberal: a "minority" most likely on drugs...naked (therefore possibly gay)...wanting a free meal at someone else's expense. There you have it folks, a liberal.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • April Ille

      interestingly enough I would categarize this person real close to the self righteous mentally unstable people who leave random hateful messages toward whole groups of people due to their own self hatred and fear .....

      May 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffy

      Why does him being naked make him probably gay? That makes absolutely no sense. If you had any clue about drugs you would know some (including bath salts which they think he was on) tend to make people undress. Not because they choose to but because they are not even aware. and they just do it. Strange how some drugs do that, like pcp sometimes people strip nude. Such a silly deduction you made however.

      May 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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