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. jill

    Satan taking on the form of man. This behavior is clearly described in the Bible. This man was possessed.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jenna

    Isn't there a commandment against eating someone's face? I guess not.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J.J. Bugs

    Calling it now. The "naked face eating man zombie" will be a HOT Halloween costume this year.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    The bible has been proven to be fact in every way, the bible speaks of people acting as animals and becoming crazy in the end. Maybe we have begun the journey towards the end."

    I love how stupid religious nuts are. You point to one isolated event and somehow in your small mind that validates the whole bible. At least you made me laugh.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph Waters

      Actually this has been happening a lot recently. The people acting like animals and all

      May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • aima

      People sould not be so eager to judge for one lost his mind from ingesting something that doesn't belong in the body to which he did something unthinkable to another person. What if that was your loved who was attacked what would you be thinking. Those of you who feel we are seeing a time discribed in the scriptures give an "Amen".

      May 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      People are animals!!!!!

      May 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tertia

    First of all, if you have watched or read anything more about this you would know that in recent incidents similar to this, tazer's were completely ineffective, making it understandable to me that they shot and eventually killed this man.
    Secondly, think about this for a second. We all know how backwards and messed up the judicial system is in this country, so had he not been killed, he probably would have come down off whatever he was on, plead insanity and eventually walked free, and more than likely done something crazy again. If not, then he would have gone to jail, living for free in an air condition facility with food and a bed to sleep in, which is already a step up from where he was. Homeless. Not to mention that we normal, hard working, law abiding citizens would be paying in tax dollars to keep this sicko alive. Think about that. I believe justice was done, and we all need to be keeping our eyes open for more stories like this. Too weird to overlook. Could be the beginning of the end if you ask me! I'll be saying my prayers tonight and every night.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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      May 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klein

      Hey Tertia I am in south alabama and were pretty much outta the loop here what exactly are you refering to when you say related events I have only heard of three events the miami inccident there has been an inccident in georgia and somewhere up in the nothern states we dont know much down here Its not on the news and hard to find on the net. I m inquiring what other related events?

      May 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. judy

    Tazing should have been done first. I think we are too quick to kill... it makes us the same as what we hate. It's a good thing that psych hospitals don't use deadly force...a lot of their patients would be dead!!!!!!!!!!! WOW.., it is a scientific fact that drug/ alcohol addiction and exteme psychosis are illnesses...we don't like the symptomology.. hatred is not a healthy solution. Unfortunately, people like Officer Davis are too stressed out and limited in their education. I do agree that her job is difficult. In nursing, if I get angry and start judging, my usefullness is decreased and unhealthy stress builds. Classy response to the man's mother. More will be revealed God Bless All

    May 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fergi

    This is what happens when you make drugs illegal. The war on drugs can be to blame as people will always find alternatives for a recreational high. When the safer drugs are impossible to get, individuals will settle for something less safe. Regulate and educate, don't subjugate! LSD is much safer than bath salts, don't confuse the two!

    May 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Khewer

    And so it begins. Let history show that clan swamp maw drew first mortal blood!

    May 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NONE

    Just saying but.... the drug thing COULD be a cover up. believe what you want to, its just MY opinion

    May 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      (RE: NONE) AGREED!!

      May 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kay

    Cardio, double tap, beware of bathrooms, no attachments, check the backseat, don’t be a hero, don’t swing low…

    May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |

    OK PEOPLE R STUPID. It does not matter what the color of his skin was. ur just being racist no matter what color person you say was wrong. this is true right here. skin did not matter. also things like this have been happening more and more recently????????? just convenient nope. there is something big going down and we should all be ready. it was the drugs yes. but what is really the difference between drugs and zombie serum. hmmmmmmmmmm i mean they do almost completely the same thing. i think the word might end in 2012 not from the sun burning out or something like that but from weak ignorant and stupid people believing it and doing stuff they always wanted to do. THIS IS NO TIME TO MAKE JOKES. A MAN GOT HIS FACE EATEN OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN EVERY DAY. They were right to shoot him similar cases tasers did absolutely nothing i mean 6 bullets Jesus Christ. just get ready to see a heel of a lot more of these kinds of things

    May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bro

    Eugene was mauling a dude's face off – no time to collect an army of cops with gloves. Shooting him = morally commendable. I understand that mental disorders are diseases and addictions are illnesses, but he was killing a man. People die all the time, may as well make sure the right people are dying.

    May 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maygan

    I am shocked that "Judy" says we are too quick to kill. This man was acting like a zombie. And had that been her or her children being torn apart, and the cops didn't kill him she would have said "the uneducated and stressed police did nothing, now I'm in need of facial reconstructive surgery" PLEASE he got exactly what he deserved. He chose to do a drug with wild and crazy effects!!!

    May 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Unknown

    Why are ignorant people thinking that drugs are a good thing. I will never take drugs, but just by looking at a drug attics face you'll see they are happy until it kills them. Don't people care that you should take drugs. New things are happening 2012 and it isnt good.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |

    Wow people think this is funny, but if this happened to you would u still laugh. You might not have even ur vocal cords to even say any thing.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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