May 30th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Security video shows entire Miami 'zombie' attack

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing for some people.

Several vehicles, including buses and even three bicyclists, went past on a Miami street as a naked man chewed the face off a homeless man Saturday in what has been called a zombie-like attack, video footage posted by the Miami Herald shows.

The footage, taken by security cameras on the Herald building in downtown Miami, shows the entire 18-minute attack, which ended when a police officer shot the attacker after he did not stop his assault on the homeless man.

The video quality is poor, and facial details and the gore of the scene are not visible. But the movements of those involved are. The shooting itself is obscured by the bridge that carries Miami's Metromover tramway over the site of the attack on the MacArthur Causeway.

It's not clear how much of the attack motorists could have seen, as there is a waist-high concrete barrier between the road and the sidewalk where the attack took place, but one of the bicyclists passed on the sidewalk, and one driver slowed down to look at the scene.

The footage shows that attacker, identified by Miami-Dade Police as Rudy Eugene, 31, walking along the sidewalk and then stopping in a shaded area created by the tramway bridge. He apparently attacks the victim, dragging him out from the shade, stripping the victim's clothes off and then beating him as the victim kicks his legs in an apparent attempt to fight back.

The attacker then spends several minutes crouched over the victim, including when a bicyclist rolls by on the sidewalk and a white sedan rolls very slowly past the scene.

Police said at least five of those passers-by called to the report the incident, according to the Miami Herald report accompanying the video.

When a patrol car arrives, the officer appears to draw his gun quickly, but the actual shooting is blocked by the tramway overpass.

Larry Vega witnessed the attack and spoke to CNN affiliate WSVN.

"The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin. It was just a blob of blood," he told WSVN.

The arrival of police did not deter the attacker, Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar told CNN affiliate WPLG.

"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," Aguilar was quoted as saying by WPLG.

Augilar said he suspects that the attacker was under the influence of "bath salts," a drug that contains synthetic stimulants that can "cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions," according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Four other instances of drug use in Miami-Dade bear resemblances to Saturday's attack, Aguilar told WPLG.

Why 'bath salts' are dangerous

Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said officials won't know for certain whether drugs played a role in the attack until toxicology reports are completed in a month or so. But he said police have been seeing increased incidents of drug-induced crime in the area.

Ortiz said the victim was in critical condition at a local hospital. He could not say whether the victim and attacker knew each other.

The Herald reported that the victim's nose, face and eyes were torn off during the attack.

soundoff (661 Responses)
  1. Sharky

    Face-eating makes sense to me, but why did they need to be naked?

    May 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big El 42

    Dont be ignorant...ever hear of John Wayne Gacy or Jeffery Dahmer.... don't let your individual actions of a person determine your view of their race...or if you do, atleast be consistent. Bottom line is there are murders, rapist and kidnappers in all racist..

    May 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elliot

    Has it been proven that the zombie was on drugs or is it just 'suspected' by the police? We need to find out in case this is some biological problem that is causing real zombies.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big El 42

      Police should quickly questioned the Umbrella Coperation

      May 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEVE


      May 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    I have read alooooot of RACIST COMMENTS about the black guy who ate that homeless man's face off and I want to remind white people of GEOFFREY DALHMER....#NuffSaid.....P.S If you ever wanna know what a homeless mans beard taste like with hott sauce ask 31 year old RUDY EUGENE

    May 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NYS


    So what you are really saying is that when you see/hear of bad things committed by white males, asian male, hispanic don't fear one you might see the next day. You just fear black males after viewing media reports. Right?

    May 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. terry scott

    The end is probably near,when we hear things like this.Drugs do stupid things to people,but many people still take the stuff.When will people smarten up? It shows there mentallity.I think everyone needs to find God.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OMG

    Did they shoot the homeless man too??? If not we're all screwed... compassion towards Zombies never works out well in the end...

    May 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel

    Where are all the people on here who want to legalize all drugs?

    May 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. UniteEarthOrder

    Medications, Narcotics, Bath Salts are not to blame here. Any drug taken in extreme & abused amounts will cause the user or addict to have odd and dangerous behaviour, but will never cause a person to eat anothers face. Obviously this man had other problems besides suspected drug use.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Why isn't this news story billed as 'Black guy tries to eat White guy?' If this was the other way around Jesse and Al would be screaming, "Now they tryin' to eat us!"

    May 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Hahahahhahahahahah I'm black and I think that's HILARIOUS, just choaked on my pepsi

      May 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Do I have to be the first person that posts this??? Ok...sigh...."tastes like chicken!" Are you ALL happy Now?!?!?!?

    May 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teyler

      That's racist.. -___- and not funny at all

      May 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kenadei -Ryn

    my mom told me about this and i didnt believe it. but really your gonna argue about racism and rumors on a news video of a man eating another mans face. this is so typical and so irrelevant. yes it was a black man yet you all know it wouldve been just as bizare if it was. thank you.!

    May 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blame Bush

    Perhaps we can send a trainload of these zombies to the GOP convention this summer....yummmm

    May 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. K

    Umm if you read the article you would see that he is DEAD. So no, he won't be in a cell anywhere... hes 6 feet under....DURRRRRRRRRRRR

    May 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete/Ark

    He's Canadian.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
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