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. eg

    it took 6 billots.. he woldnt stop eating!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Yum

    whata doin?
    eating face...

    May 29, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    This is similar to how the Republicans want to attack Obama and the middle-class. The GOP is addicted to PCP and money. They will chew off the face of anyone who does not worship the Tea Party or Koch Brothers.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. NotARealDoctor

    When attacked by a zombie (or bath salts user), always go for the head shot!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Zombie2012

    So this is how the zombie Apocolypse Really starts.....

    May 29, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    I'm sensing a new LifeTime Movie in the making!

    May 29, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dale

    Time to put my tools in my Winnebago and head to Atlanta, maybe the CDC will have the anwers.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Georgia


      Call the EIS instead.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. stevo001

    It says that they think both men were homeless when would the attacker take a shower with with bath salts that have drugs in them where would he have taken his bath/shower. Oh and if you see something like this you don't tell the person to get off you kill them thats gross. i advise that people be ready for a zombie apocalypse as is buy fire power. and train by playing call of duty black ops zombies. and watch as many zombie survival tips movies as posable.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ej101481

      If you re-read the article, it does not say anything about a shower, but a drug that is known on the streets as "bath salts," a drug that is referred to as the new LSD.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      The bath salts discussed here are not used for bathing.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Sponge don't shower with bath salts you consume them.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex r

      bath salts is just a nickname. they aren't really used in the bath. hahaha. they just look like the bath salt crystals so they call them that. wow. lolol

      May 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggerdawg

      Yeah, brilliant. Sitting on a couch playing fantasy kiddie games is just like the real thing. You go tiger.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuck

    I'll bet if weed was legal this guy would have hit some tree and then some Pop Tarts!! Big brother is just saving us from ourselves.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Because in the history of mankind, weed has always been the only drug people take if they could.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Power

    Oh my unholy DNA: it started !
    All black people are turning into zombies !
    Quick, shoot them ! Do it NOW !

    May 29, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Z

      We don't have enough bullets.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • brassia

      If Obama had a son ...he would look just like him!!!

      May 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.P.

      There's always a racist or two or more in the bunch. If you want us all to be shot why don't you do it yourself. Go to some neighbors where my black sisters and brothers live and let's see which of you comes out on top. Or you could pull a cowardly stunt like Zimmerclown did. Have a great week and get over yourselves.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |

    I dont know what this guy was on. If it wasnt for the american bar associations having used the drug war to usurp control of our governments, expand themselves professionally and cultivate gun violence, gangsterism, and the drug war indefinitely people wouldnt have to do these weird synthetic drugs. The war on drugs is a lie. It has been a lie since its beginnings and has been used as a mechanism to allow the violation of the separation of powers also to re-oppress minorities. Just like the reasons for the creation of the us drug enforcement administration WERE A LIE SINCE DAY ONE. They lie to us constantly and as mr. assanges work and a host of american citizen witnesses can attest to they literally wipe their behinds with AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW. Assange having shown them knee deep in negotioations with opposition groups, tampering with elections, espionage of poltiical candidates, assassinations, gifts of arms, ammo, warbirds to rebel groups and all other manner of ILLEGAL ADVENTURING in the southern american continent. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE "LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE" (their word from their websites an literature not mine) SHOULD HAVE USED THE TASER AND MACE IF THAT DIDNT WORK HE THEN WOULD STILL HAVE HAD THE BILLY CLUB AT HIS DISPOSAL. This mans death was UNNECCESSARY but we live in a world where drugs are heavily regulated and governed by volumes and volumes of split hair but GUNS ARENT. The reason for this is because these guys buy their own politicians, no longer listen to the public or even pay lip service to polticians they dont own, have become a power unto themselves and as through the rest of south and central america have paramilitarized in response to the supposed threat from narcos. Rght wingers having had their way from Reagan onward have inexorably turned the land of the free into a totalitarian police state... With the full help of the left who profits heavily from the legal side. A.B.A. controls all three branches of government and BOTH dems and republicans. The WYATT EARP WANNABEE IN QUESTION SHOULD NOT BE WALKING AROUND WITH THAT THING ON HIS HIP. His sidearm makes us all less safe and the sidearm of law enforcement has helped maintain 40 years of al capones gangland chicago nationwide, the re oppression of minorities ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTH the permanent stripping of the right to vote or own a legitimate sporting firearm from tens of millions of moslty poor and minority persons, and keeps gun violence figures high as well as keeping them hidden from the public with the tacit collusion of the supposedly liberal left media and official governmental sources that should be compiling this information and disseminating it to the public but instead make them disappear, much like attorney and judicial boards of ethics in your home state, or yours, or yours. THERE WAS NO REASON TO HANDLE THIS WITH THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE. THERE SHOULD BE AN IQUIRY INTO THIS MANS DEATH. THIS PIG HAD ACCESS TO MACE AND TASER WHY WERE THEY NOT USED? Why didnt he use the billy club. These are the situations that these people claim is the reason they should be allowed to bankrupt society at the municipal, county and state level. Why they claim they deserve to make triple, quadruple and more than the median average income of the community even in retirement that they claim to serve while they and their business partners, our real government–the american bar association become a pernicious nuisance that has denuded our country of freedom has the people divided and conquered through racism and FEAR. A real cop wouldve maced the dude then tasered him then used the billy club. I think this law enforcement executive committed a crime. I want to see an investigation into why non lethal force wasnt used and why it wasnt his FIRST RESORT before he pulled out that thing that makes us all less safe and blasted away a person who was yes acting crazy but maybe is actually crazy or maybe is behaving crazy because these numbskulls keep making things illegal and forcing people to use these other weird substances. The drive to experience reality in an altered state IS A BASE DRIVE Re: Mel Daly legal sociologist. There is nothing inherantly criminal or wrong about wanting to experience reality in alternate fashions and yet 4 decades of propaganda have brainwashed the public into this idea which coincidentally let them re oppress minorities legally and steal control of government. The current poliicy structures ENROURAGE ADDICTION AND GANGSTERISM AND CRIMINALITY THEY ARE BEING DELIBERATELY CULTIVATED.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Headshot

      TL;DR. Paragraphs are your friend.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • roscoe66

      He gunned down an animal nothing more nothing less.Big loss to society.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Hand

      Did someone let Ted Kaczynski use their computer??

      May 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Headshot

    The cover up has begun. Max Brooks said this is how it would start. To avoid a general panic, cover ups would be concocted. The zombie apocalypse is upon us. Just remember, go for the head shot and use silent weapons so the rest will not hear.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Seattle

      If this were a cover up, The Man would be coming up with a better story than "snorting bath salts makes you act like a flesh-eating zombie". Then again, truth is stranger than fiction . . . .

      May 29, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |

      Three words why there is no possiblility ever anywhere of a zombie apocalypse.... THE NATURAL WORLD

      May 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    This is what humanity and the world needs, a zombie outbreak. We have bred like rabbits and now the stupid people are the ones breeding the most. We need something that will kill off the weak and stupid, to keep the human race strong, but also to reduce our population and help the planet.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom


      You first

      May 29, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      How true. The dependent Substandard creating more dependent substandard. Sly Stone said it better than me, "...babies makin' babies..."

      May 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • brassia

      He was acting in accordence with his race traits....ther are some very decent people among them...but a very smalll percentage...and the hate infusion coming from this administration working together with Sharpton and Jackson (BTW, why are they silent???guess no money to be made here.....) only brought more violent incidents.....

      May 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |

      Start with Republicans.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steph

      So, you are talking eugenics? Great, another freaking Holocaust waiting to happen. Really, are people that small-minded? Yes, people can be idiots, but are people trying to breed people who are "more intelligent" and who have better qualities? That is complete crap. Are you an Aryan?

      May 30, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Z

    Living in Florida will drive you crazy. But bath salts? Who thought up that phrase?

    May 29, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      Some marketing rep.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. thomasanswered

    Many are talking about zombies. However, this is humanity.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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