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. HomelessAbuse

    Hey... that homeless guy got RIPPED OFF... What a freak show...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ZombieResistance

    Rule #10 – Never stop running...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sonotso


    May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. majorsdad

    CNN has predetermined, that this attack, as well as the next five attacks on whites by black, are not hate crimes....More excuses to follow, please stand by....

    May 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BanNudeBlackGuys

    Ban nude black guys... they kill... by eating your face off...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronbro51

    Fitting end to a crazed animal. If the police did not shoot him we would see medical, incarceration costs and then he gets a good lawyer, blames it on drugs, america, police, girlfriend, etc and gets acquitted, writes a book and turns to God.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ZombiesAlert

    Why isn't the government warning us about the impending ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE?

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

      Because the guy was influenced under drugs; probably causing delusions and becoming a cannibal. A zombie is a person who died and came back under some kind of phenomenon.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dac77

      by the time we all know for sure it will be too late...

      May 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LawyerSnapped

    What would make a civil court lawyer snap like this?

    May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Mike H.
    "The strane thing is that the story doesn't say the victim was trying to fend-off the attacker. What's even stranger is that the story says the victim was also naked. Were both of them under the influence of those pesky bath salts?"

    You have to read the article. It says the attacker dragged the victim from a shaded area and stripped and beat him while the victim was kicking his legs in an apparent attempt at self-defense. Who knows ig both or any were under the influence of bath salts, but it does appear the victim did try to fight back and he was not naked initially. This is sick and anyone who passed by and giggled at the scene probably deserves the same fate, unless they could not see the violence of the act and thought something else was happening. It really must have been a gruesome scene and I can only imagine the suffering the homeless man went through. Anyone who thinks this is a funny story is deranged. Homeless or not, he is a human who feels pain and suffers.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Disgruntled_girl

    It's gotten worse – search Hackensack. It just happened yesterday. Guy started cutting his own skin and intestines out to throw at the police.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BasedGOD

    If I was the cop, I woulda killed the guy that got his face eaten off too. Cause when he comes back from the dead, everyone in that hospital is fuuuuuuuuuuuucked

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

      *If he. Forgot the other guy is in the hospital lol.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MIT

    Better keep a close watch on the victim to make sure he doesn't re-animate

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

      Is this happening in any other cities???..OMG!!!...the end is here!!!...REPENT !!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Colin Morgan

    And of course, where else would this happen but Florida?

    May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

    George Zimmerman would have saved that guy

    May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silver Back

      @ braaainless, no, Zimmerman would have shot of them and then cried he was attacked by both of them.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. earle

    clean it in pharmarmiy ,

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