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. sarahsaint

    The callousness in this comment thread is only slightly less disturbing than the attack itself. That poor man! How terrifying and painful that must have been. I hope he recovers.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jessa Petersen

    This was a CANNIBAL attack, not a zombie attack. Clearly. Everyone is too paranoid. This is not a zombie apocolypse. The end of the world is not near.

    June 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. beany man

    why does the reporter talk about bath salts but they dont know that he used them yet. not defending bath salts, just sayin he only admitted to using LSD.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. x-12

    like ecstasy? people really don't know what they're talking about do they. and LSD? jesus..

    June 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      bath salts mimic the effects of meth and cocaine, not lsd or ecstacy. it is commonly made of mephedrone amphetamine. key word there amphetamine. thats in all of your childrens ritalin, adderall, and any other add/ adhd PERSCRIPTIONS that you force feed them for all their problems, and thats legal. get some facts straight before you start beliveing everything the media tells you.

      June 2, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Julie

    Lol my friend thought tht it was an actual zombie.....

    June 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      'Actual' zombies aren't the living dead. They're drugged up, mindless, LIVING people. While bath salts aren't the usual drug used (zombies are usually created for slave labor and thus the drug used is a sedative rather then a stimulant) you're friend is correct.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zombiesare here

      to be honest It pretty much sounds like a real zombie, he met all the criteria

      June 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moosewithaj

    Crap just read some sheriff just got shot and hospitalized...crap and facebook said i'd only survive for a day...crap

    June 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Honest

    Sounds like something from the Onion. Bath salts as drugs is funny.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Bath salts is the name for the drug idiot. ie. weed, coke, etc.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    This could be George ZImmerman's new defense.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. maureen

    zombies were people too

    June 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. satanballs666

    when weed is legalized, imagine what might happen????
    add some hard metal and rock music in that and you get fast zombies.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      people "high" on weed wont eat people unless they're made of cookies

      June 2, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Penny at camp

      Weed, really...Have you ever smoked it? Its in a whole diffrent catergory my friend..It needs to be legalized for people like me who is dying cause of our medical insurance sucks and dont cover what it should..Its better than using additive pain meds and getting to the point where you are doing stupid stuff to get the drugs...Weed is not addictive, it dont make you lie, steal do stupid stuff like kill people or chew there face off...How many people high on weed has hit someone head on, or caused a wreck??? Do your research before you throw stones!!!!

      June 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cobbie369

      you've obviously never smoked green

      June 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Courtney Ferguson

    You people think this is a joke, theres no way bath salt can posses a man to eat to eat another man. The government is covering up things that they do not want us to know.(Cloning other people, and animals AINT RIGHT) Some stuff is fixing to go down, I suggest people go get license to own a gun and protect yourselfs for when it gets real. I just know that bath salt or LSD can not make a man eat another mans face. This world is coming to end. And its all because of us.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RejoicingInYah

      Ephesians 6:
      12Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spriitual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies. Because of this, take up the complete of Yah, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand. Demonic spirits are very real. It's alright to armed yourself physically but if you don't armed yourself spiritually you will always be outnumbered and outgunned. The devil is the ruler of this world right now. I pray for Yah mercy over us all in Yahoshua s name. These are the Hebrew names of the father and His son. We must repent and keeps Yah laws and commandments. John 14:15 If you love Me, you shall guard My commands. 1John 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. Stay prayed up.

      June 2, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Zombehs

      In a purely hypothetical sense, if this was a zombie attack, I would be concerned about the following things:
      Were there any bite marks on the attacker's body? If not, then how was the virus transmitted?
      What hospital/morgue was the victim taken to?
      Is there a possibility that this isn't a localized incident, but a sign that there are more infected living in the bowels of our cities?
      This is barely a Class I outbreak, but I seriously hope the guy was just high on bath salts....

      June 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gabriella

    i aqree with Courtney Ferguson he/she is riqht about this i think we should just be prepared u knw just in case

    June 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Grace

    Im so scared now 🙁 all this Zombie apocalyspe stuff is scaring me half to death!

    June 2, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rach

    Like my zombiephobia isn't bad enough!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ignoranceisbliss

    I just can't believe this happened. So many caniballistic attacks within a few days. I just hope its a coincidence.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Zombehs

      I'm going to keep a closer eye on the news now though. Whatever this is, it isn't good.

      June 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
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