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)

    Heck, there's no meat there....u think he would of wnet for a thigh....

    May 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Back

      Or the butt!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theo

      Guess he had a thing for head cheese!

      June 2, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stefanie

    Really billy Ray? Your poor "brother" was shot because he's a disgusting degenerate who was attacking an innocent person and would not stop per police orders. He deserved to be shot. You should be thankful he wasn't killed, because in my opinion, he would have deserved that, too. What he did is horrible, absolutely horrible, and even if the victim survives, he's going to be scarred for life, in many more ways than one. I can't even believe you're crying fowl because your "brother" was shot. That's scary in it's own right! SMH

    May 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smoke004

      I thought he was shot and Killed.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Amen, Stefanie. Trying to rationalize with a person who is quite literally eating another person's face on a busy causeway (during the day, no less) seems silly. The officer reacted the way he did after an attempt to get the man's attention, only to be growled at. Some people need to get their heads out of the clouds.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LFD2

    Double tab and shoot em in the head!

    May 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stefanie

    Oh, apparently the guy was killed – I had to find that out from another site because this story does not make that clear. Well, like I said, he deserved it. If someone's chewing my face off, I hope the cops aren't afraid to shoot him!

    May 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wonder

      Yes, I back officer 100% for saving him from harming other innocent potential victims including animals.

      May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Smoke004

    This story is weird. This guy had to be on some kind of drugs to this. WOW

    May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tonja

    Oh yea.. Blame the cop again.. Not all cops carry tasers and when people are on drugs they are highly resistant and very strong. I'd shoot him too. White, black, brown, purple, green. Who cares. He was EATING SOMEONE...

    May 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tipsana

      I would say that eating another person's face justifies the use of deadly force.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Back

      @ tonja, hope i don't get shot while eating my wife. :)-

      May 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonja

      @Silver back.. Just don't get caught 😉

      May 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Quit The Hate

    I thought bath salts were supposed to calm, soothe and relax you. I guess that's only when you use them in water instead of smoking it. This guy is beyond nutso, not to mention gross.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anonymous

    And so it begins...small incidents here and there but eventually itll spread... Remember the FOUR rules...

    May 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paulo

    From the Miami Herald site: "It appears Eugene had been in Miami Beach — in full party mode for Urban Beach Week over the Memorial Day Weekend" Thanks for the tip on Urban Beach Week. Thugs on the loose during a holliday weekend is another reason to avoid Miami.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. doubletap

    12/21/12 isnt the end of the world...but all the hype we keep feeding it, civilization will make it that a world of weak minded people only the strong survive...start preparing for the worst now

    May 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      But it is the meek that shall inherit the earth.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Military Mike

    "Bath Salts" as they are called are becoming a increasing problem, its a drug like no other America has had to deal with. It makes the user completely crazy and violent and increases their strength ten fold or more. The military has been investigating this for several years, we had a soldier in Texas that used and it tokk over 60 shots from a tazer to finally drop him. If this drug catches on the streets will be unsafe for anyone and everyone will have to carry guns for protection, this could be a major change in all we know as mankind.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Ellis

      Well, maybe this PCP down here in Florida is the same stuff you're talking about. Because it's being introduced into the black community and no one wants to report on it.. these people are going INSANE. I'm not saying these people are walking dead, but they act nearly EXACTLY like the zombies you see in movies. No thought or care towards anyone.. some take their clothes off, wander around aimlessly with no real verbal communication beyond hollering stuff that makes no sense.. others randomly attack people and this isn't the only case of cannibalism. We are needing help down here, because the police don't know what to do, and the media isn't covering it..

      May 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • cben 19delta

      hey mike,
      I'm curious about this, maybe it is a new wave of something bad come down the line. its something worth looking into ,to warn our friends neighbors and kids, if it is more than mental illness and its some new designer drug thats going to hurt a lot of people.
      Was the solider that you mentioned naked?
      Curios because the face eater was naked and stripped the victim, also remember the kony2012 thing, the director was running around naked in a trance, and the comments posted below you talks about people dazed and taking cloths off.
      I'm just seeing a similar pattern and if things progress, watch out, I guess for naked people.
      Thanks for reading and if you have anymore info send it along.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bro

      well said. And good to know. looks like I may be trading in my 9mm for a .45 now.

      May 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. usarmyoverlord

    Well that is a Zombie attack if I ever heard of one. Stay Strapped. Wow.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. booboothefool

    Black white brown green or yellow. If I see a zombie attack I'll follow the rules no questions asked... double tap..

    May 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johnna

    Gives new meaning to the saying "Bite Me" !

    May 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. usarmyoverlord

    Zombies eat whatever flesh they can get ahold off. Haven't you seen Walking Dead? 😉

    May 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      In order for him to have been a Zombie, he would have had to have died and then be brought back to life, or have been bitten by a zombie. The guy was doped up to heck on, more than likely, LSD bath salts, and that would mean he is more Infected like in the movie 28 Days Later.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • selena

      that is not a real zombie smart one

      May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • McMichael

      Im watching that now. Cant wait til season 3.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzie

      Liston on you tube bush was trying to tell everyone some about a zombie attack up people there no was any drug in this word is going to make eat a man way sorry wake up world bf to late there more to al of this think im crazy belive the goverment aint on are side do your research iIcant say no more that a hint for ya

      May 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexis

      yea its alsome

      May 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • officer friendly

      the hardest part about the zombie apocalypse.......will be pretending im not excited!

      June 3, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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