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. jkimbo

    Obviously any one who doesn't think zombies are real has not met any senators or congressmen

    May 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ME

    What were the two guys doing naked

    May 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jen g

    Really, Mother Goose? K, you will the first that will die because you stupid! What the hell you think the government studies in their little labs. How to kill! You dont think it ia at all possible that there is something in those labs that it was to get out we are all in a world of hurt!!! You clearly do not know the power of our united states!!!!!! All I can say is H1Z1!!!!!

    May 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo

      It's hilarious how people are so desperate to conclude it's something like zombies. It's almost as if you all WANT zombies to be real. You all want to believe that the government is plotting against us because you can't believe in the truth. There is no judgement day, just the day when the Earth can no longer provide for all of us because religious maniacs don't believe in contraceptives and birth control.

      June 1, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. truthsayer

    The stories of old are true. Zombies have always existed.....they will rise up and attack...they see no race or status...they will eat you just same.....this is not the only are MANY more!! Search the internet you will see for yourself. You must be ready....Fortune favors the prepared mind!!!

    June 1, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • julpancho

      so, I should seriously prepare for a zombie attack? How does one do that?

      June 1, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • shj

      how the hell are they getting away with blaming LSD? Clearly its PCP. I thought they were experts on this topic.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. julpancho

    So, where are the "zomibie"s clothes?

    June 1, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. truthsayer

    Revelation 11:11

    June 1, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. truthsayer

    Yes prepare have extra rations and water (good advice at anytime) a bat or golf club maybe a firearm depending where you are and the laws there. Zombies aren't things too worry about regular everyday humans are much more dangerous.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. alex

    Who is the other Chump they are talking about who took 15 officers to take him down while being tazed???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    June 1, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Patricia G

    This is so horriable, It's a shame people don't realize what drugs can do. I can not imagine the pain the victim was suffering.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. MakesMeLaugh

    Ohh this is richhh.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. MakesMeLaugh

    What has your generous god done for you that I haven't received myself by creating my own life events? Anyone? I'm dying to know.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ABell

      Are you breathing right now? Thats what our precious God has done for you....allowed you to wake up this morning, and breathe the air that He should really research the things that you are going to mock....

      June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. juskishifatu

    so how long before al and jesse get involved and accuse the police of racism?

    June 1, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. paul

    if you guys actually put this to thought, if there are zombies the infection should have spread decades ago because the zombie idea was made of fear. "Zombies" were created in fear of the nuclear warfare scare look at the movies that were made from the mid 40s to early 70s. The human imagination is unlimited but whaen it comes to life wow. And to my christian allies out there no need to worry about this just pray.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tillow

    That is so wrong. You don't put homeless people in your mouth. Homeless people are dirty.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • beany man


      June 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samantha


      June 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Krobertson

    So where in those side effects does that indicate eating someone's face off?

    June 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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