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)

    ha double tap, the double tap didnt work for the officer took mor elike a hexi tap

    May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FoolKiller

    ANYTHING that turns and growls at you after being shot needs shooting some more.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    when bath salts turn you into a flesh eating zombie, I think you're using them wrong...

    May 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • zombies

      lol so true..

      May 31, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Legion

    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.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      The bible says what? Show me the verse please.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Daddy

      Google it. What you can type but can't read?

      June 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      LMFAO..... that is all.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howy

      The bible also say you should bash the heads of babies against rocks, and that you should beat divorced women to death with stones. The people who wrote the bible were as bat-sh!t crazy as the guy in this news story.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • David1958

      Don't talk about the Bible when you obviously don't have a clue. You just make yourself look foolish.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • urboymfresh

      Perhaps you should also find out why the bible does say that and who were being addressed when that was said. You might find out that there was pretty good reason for that. Those are Gods words and the last time i checked, God is good and all knowing so i dont questiong Him.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clayton

      Howie you should be ashamed of yourself

      May 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      People have always acted crazy. There just wasn't always a machine to deliver the crazy to your living room.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • biblically skeptical

      Yeah, I remember when they proved that god made Adam and Eve and then we all nailed relatives to populate the Earth. And then that whole ark thing, don't even get me started on all the evidence there. Wow is it amazingly detailed proof. Oh wait, that whole book is fantasy land. This dude was most likely a drugged out nutcase, nothing more. Settle down Jeb.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • No

      I can think of hundreds of things off the top of my head that have been proven to be false in the bible. Your claim that it has been proven to be true "in every way" is laughable at best, sad at worst.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Back

      The end of any journey begains at the start, therefore, the end of our journey started in the begaining, does that make sense? It does to me. So where in the "factual bible" does it say when it started? That should gives us a clue on when it ends, I think.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      The Bible has been Proven? Are you joking me? Like the people that live for hundreds of years and have hundreds of children?? And the magical Ark that fit EVERY species of animal on it? Maybe YOU are the delusional, drugged out zombie here.

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

      The last days are here indeed.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      the bible is ALL fiction

      May 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      So jesus came back then? And insects have 4 legs? And Pi is 3?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • athos

      Man, I hope thine eye doesn't begin to offend thee.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Are you kidding? Crack open that book, the Bible, and you will see many stories of people committing horrible violent crimes. And not just the Bible, people have acted horribly before for all recorded history. This should be condemned, but to say the world is ending every time something horrible happens; war, drugs, violence, genocide, natural disaster; is an awfully ignorant knee jerk reaction. I am in no way belittling your intelligence, just stating the world has always had horrible people in it.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      No, you moron. The man was under the influence of narcotics or he was completely insane.

      You cannot honestly sit there and tell yourself "god made this happen, yup"

      May 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dac77

      I already told you, the Zombie Apocalypse has begun…

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

      We can hope. I'm ready to get off this crazy world.
      This is nothing like the planet I remember as a kid, or as a teen, or even into my thirties.

      There were a few odd things going on but now it is numerous odd things and not just occasionally.

      I wholly believe satan will use increasingly dangerouos drugs to enslave people and cause them to do things such as this. The guys behavior is similar to an animal infected with rabies. The disease causes them to demonstrate extreme behavior and lose normal fear of most things, in this case an armed police officer.

      This IS scary stuff. Imagine someone handing this crap out at a party, then they head for home before the stuff drives them crazy and all hell breaks loose.

      One more reason I am leaning toward getting a concealed carry permit.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      One person does not an apocalypse make, Legion.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kc0199

      You're an idiot.

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

      Regligion is evil.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      The bible......fact? LMFAO! Theres about as much "fact" in lord of the rings as there is in that silly book.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • YouAreCrazyLikeThisZombieGuy

      Yes, the bible (i.e., babble) says that. The babble says a lot of stupid things. The babble makes an ass out of a lot of people. Don't believe that babble. The babble was written by evil men who sought to control the world through irrational dogma. Those men have unfortunately succeeded. But you don't have to continue your ignorance. Pick up other books and actually try reading them for once. Go out into the world and interact with people you wouldn't usually interact with. Fear is a hell of a drug!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyJohnson

      Well certainly your comment solidifies it. "The Bible has been proven to be fact in every way....." I'd be interested in seeing this factual report Legion. Please have it on my desk by Monday. And please, no more turning water into wine. It was funny the first few times, but I almost got a DUI last night on my home.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • michelle

      ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? the bible has NEVER been proven to be fact.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh for Pete's sake!

      "The bible has been proven to be fact in every way"

      Name just ONE way the bible has been PROVEN to be fact. Just one and I'll back off. But you have to have proof. Not coincidence, not conjecture, not opinion, PROOF.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |

      OR maybe this guy was just on drugs

      May 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rammingman

      yup and jesus is coming back soon too! why don't you hold your breathe until he shows up?

      May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      The Bible has not been proven to be fact in every way, the word is generally capitalized, and the end is not near. Have you been hitting the bath salts too?

      May 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • carlos

      In what way has the bible been proven?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      If people being crazy means it is the end, then it has always been the end.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haylee

      The bible has never been proven.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris Wood

      This is somewhat less crazy than Elizabeth Báthory, but yeah, ENDTIMES BE NEAR etc...can I have all your stuff, please?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jill

      Yes and so has science fiction books. lol

      May 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • smokeee


      May 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      The bible has never been proven to be fact.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Really? The Bible has proven to be FACT in every way? Funniest comment I've seen all day, hands down.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |

      The Bible also says the Earth is flat and everything revolves around it. That two of every species of animals were put on a boat.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Hurtz

      The Bible also says the Earth is flat and is the center of the universe where everything revolves around it. That two animals of every species were put on a boat

      May 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Athiest

      That's a bunch of trash

      May 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      lol....Naw dude.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You are full of crap. The Bible has not even remotely been proven in every way. In fact, nothing has truly been proven. You can't claim that the miracle claims have been proven, and people acting like animals was happening DURING the days that it was written. It's nothing new.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggysmalls

      People like you turn every littel event into the end of times. It has been the end of times now for the last 1000 years. There hasnt been enough stuff to happen for the end of times to become true yet. your about as bad as calling this a zombie attack all it does is scare clueless people.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silas Donovan

      So you think that it is the end times. You are not the only person to have said that. In fact, it started as early as when the New Testament was being penned by its various authors. LOL 1 John 2:18 – Check it out.

      Seriously, some guy getting high and hallucinating is no reason to hold up a sign saying The End Is Nigh.

      And anyway, the Bible is just BS anyway. If anyone actually bothered to read the whole thing objectively, they'd understand that.

      May 31, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • lanoom

      Except that humans have been acting like crazed animals ever since we've been humans, including countless atrocities committed in the name of your holy book and those of others.

      Coincidentally, people have also been yelling "END OF THE WORLD" since forever, too.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kent

      okay legion. religion is slowly going away. it will take decades, maybe another century. but the bible is right and a fact is even accepted by a lot of christians, to not be totally true. let alone the growing millions who look at it as junk. keep spewing. i'll keep right on reading about what science has found to actually be true until my time is up.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • lanoom

      Except that people have been acting like animals and crazy in all manner of episodes and places throughout all of history.

      Coincidentally, people who look to the words of a book to cope with the fact that life sucks sometimes have been yelling "END OF THE WORLD" through all history, too.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobaluchowdury

      Yes and who could ever have predicted that some people would act crazy? The bible must be true if it predicted that.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Gus

      yeah the bible explains everything! like, how the world was made, how all of the animals escaped a giant flood, and how 2 white people in the jungle made all of the people on the earth today!

      May 31, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JayUVA

      "... proven to be fact..."

      Blind faith plus uncritical thinking does not yield a "fact."

      May 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wraith

      Grow up, zealot.

      May 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khewer

      People are animals and thus always will and always have attacked as such, your bible is false.

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

      Would you please site that Bible verse Legion? Because I know the Bible fairly well, and can not recall something that silly.

      May 31, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |

      the guy was on a drug nicknamed "BATH SALT"

      June 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • HolyGarden

      As i've been reading, the bible does speak of the dead will rise as a pleague.... Just hope it's not soon... Drugs can be the start of a chemical outbreak for viruses... Kinda sucks to think about it....

      June 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      amen to that some one on here that makes any sense

      June 2, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dark Gnat

    Saw this video three days ago. CNN is on the spot!

    May 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. duh

    they're not 'bath salts' in the sense that you put them in baths. they're only called that to avoid being labelled a drug.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Karo

    I am concerned that there were four other similar assualts. It is zombies.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WickedEternity

    "...officials won't know for certain whether drugs played a role in the attack until toxicology reports are completed in a month or so."

    What the hell takes a month in this country anymore. Should read, "toxology reports will be made public a month from now." Lets just hope too hell the TV channels and radio are not clogged with reports of "drug-induced" attack in most major American cities and small hamlets.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brandy3

    Aren't zombies dead, and then come back to life? So this would be just an act of canabilism(sp?) Rather than a zombie attack?

    May 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Back

      @ brandy3, right but canabilism went out with silence of the lambs, Zompies are so 2012.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mason Kuldinow

      They die and they become a zombie. The interim is minuscule. We don't know if he was dead or alive, but undead–yes, undead.

      May 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Setting aside for a moment the tragedy of the situation and the empathy that we all feel for the families of both the victim and the perpetrator, it is hard not to see, if one accepts that violent crime will occur in our densely populated societies and ranks them from least to most awesome, that drug-induced face-eating zombie attacks is pretty high up there.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. letsgomets2012

    We just had a very strange incident here in NJ: A guy cut out his intestines and threw them at the cops.

    What the blank is going on out there??? Scary scary scary indeed.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. it's all good

    "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" Bath Salts sounds awesome. Must be a big seller on the black market.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dyler Turden

      Black market. Funny guy. hahaha

      May 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Luke

    Hell yeah he died! And he deserved to die as well!

    May 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • 89yroldmommy

      You were given a potato.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mslisac363

      I would have shot this crazy man. People can be so stupid... These people on this blog would have been eaten too.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave


      May 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • skylar.L

      no he didn,t he is badly hurt!!!!

      May 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frogz

    who knows it may become popular

    May 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lou Cypher

    What impressed me most about this story was, after the initial report, how quickly someone registered the doughmayne name bathsaltszombies daught calm.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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