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. Peg

    And we keep sending our money to other countries – to stop the horrors "over there". I can't imagine anything more horrible than what happened to this victim. Dear God what is happening to people? Everyday it's something new & more horrific & it's right here at home - in the USA. Is it too late for us?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. questions

    Why didn't the homeless victim try to save face?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. questions

    Zombie assassination... Where's Al Sharpton?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dr.Watch

    Hey The old potent one, what are you talking about? That doesn't make any sense and that sounds racist.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wilson BenWa

    Ruuuuuuudy, don't take your love to town.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. masquedxangel

    Tell that to people who rip off their skin, yank out their teeth, pluck out their eyes, cut off body parts... when you're under the influence of a powerful drug logic and good sense is completely gone.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gzfan

    Where is George Zimmerman when you need him?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kindascared

    :/ I am so freaked out by this.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bob

    If the officer shot him in the head, he might be a zombie. If he was shot elsewhere, definitely not zombie. ( Fact from 'Walking Dead'.)

    May 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frogz

    Who would have thought bath salts could turn you into a zombie!

    May 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frogz

    I always thought in my dreams a zombie attack would be the worst possible way to die. I feel sorry for this guy...

    May 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dave

    the victim was 65 year old Ronald Poppo, his picture was released today

    May 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jamie

    Related to Mike Tyson?

    May 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. So Proud

    Miami has the first real Zombie...Yikes.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • smh

      More like a cannibal attack versus zombie

      May 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    Well I guess it was medium rare since it's in Florida.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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