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. Shelly

    Holy crap, What is wrong with people!

    May 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike hunt

    actually, bath salts are illegal. so stfu.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      no they are not illegal here in Arizona. A person can purchase this crap at any smoke shop

      May 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    It's too bad the cop killed the guy... I really was interested in what the dude would say after his drugs wore off and he was told/shown what he had done.

    I'm a little baffled as to why the homeless guy didn't keep fighting? You can't just let somebody knock you out like that.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • morgan

      Homeless people too often are malnourished and don't have much endurance.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mickey1313

    Why can't people stick to natural drugs, still illegal, but harmless. You know shrooms and grass

    May 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Thank you for speaking common sense. If you want to party then party. If you stick with God's pure and noble herb you can not go wrong

      May 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. krozar

    "Marijuana makes you calm, hungry and sleepy. It cures anger not increase it." Not always. Heavy Sativas makes you quite active.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    After seing the after photos of the homeless man's face, I feel really bad for him. There is nothing left.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NotARealDoctor

    Actually it is illegal; the Florida AG issued a ban on Jan 19, 2011, making sale or possesion of MPDV "bath salts" a schedule 1 felony. The DEA has also issued an Emergency Order making is a Federal offense to sell or possess it.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Yes it is illegal, but the law only prohibits a certain chemical chain of the substance. Chemistry is a lot more versatile then the law.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. peter

    is his family trying to sue the police department now? maybe they can say he was legally insane or something. im sure the ACLU can think of something

    May 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula Windley

      It may not take that long, LOL!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonja

      I'm sure it's coming..

      May 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hey Hey for the monkies

    Yeah they do...after ignorant racists post there comments. Commentors chuckle and agree, then someone like you points it out. Then the scrubbing begins. Racists are cowards and ignorant and really want to be like the pople they hate.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ash

    some sativas do make you energized but most dont and either way it does not make you hallucinate or make you angry or want to eat a persons face.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Colin Morgan

    Beyond creepy.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Danny

    Sounds like PCP, I heard some other rapper in Cali years ago, ate his girlfriend ripped her chest open and bit her heart.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy NJ

      Nah that was just normal guy / gal stuff....

      May 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • New World Trade Center

      Yeah, the unreported PCP imports from Cuba are a scourge on the black community in Florida. These kinds of things are happening every day in Florida. Get ready to hear of more and more stories like this.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephanie Lough

    Clearly this is an attack by a cannibal, not a zombie. C'mon CNN you know the difference.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dac77

    The Zombie Apocalypse has begun….

    May 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. New Gawker

    I'm glad he's was shot dead. No need to waste tax dollars on court fees, prison fees, psychologist fees.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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