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. Angela

    This is so disgusting I feel so sorry for the victim. This act was obviously a result of drugs or a psychotic break. Regardless, people need to stop making jokes because it is not funny. And you would think by 2012 people would be over the whole racism thing. People from all races commit crimes so keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghostmule

      I agree, it's really like a slap in the face. These people should stop doing that and at least try to save some face.

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

      @ angela, whaa, whaa, whaa. stop it you guys, it's not funny!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonboy

      You're right Angela. Too bad we can never see their FACES. This just eats me up.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rafael

    OMG! that is so nasty i got my machete ready

    May 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 89yroldmommy

    I need someone to help me water my crops on Farmville.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Zombie Apocalypse.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yourmom

    Q. What do vegetarian zombies say?
    A. GRAINS...

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

    WHAT IF this is just the beginning? WHAT IF....

    May 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shammy

    Well you know if Obama had a son he would look like ole boy! Just sayin now..

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

      and if you had a son he would be your brother too

      May 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LegallyInappropriate

    Actually, it is illegal to eat the eyes and facial tissue of your fellow citizens. Zombies – obey the law or else.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Shark

    This guy was homeless since 1976? doesnt he know its dangerous on the streets? lol

    May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jonboy

    Stop your messin' around
    Better think of your future
    Time you straightened right out
    Creatin' problems in town
    Rudy a message to you
    Rudy a message to you
    Stop your foolin' around
    Time you straightened right out
    Better think of your future
    Or else you'll wind up in jail

    May 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cory

    Rule #4: The Doubletap

    May 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Skalamoosh

    Couldn't they have tased him or used the beanbag gun? or would that in turn tase the victim being attacked too? This guy could have been a huge anti-drug campaign dude when he saw the video of what he did when he was obviously out of his mind.

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

      Yeah because the guy was eating off another man's face, let's just taser instead of what could be thought of a potential murder. The guy already IS an anti-drug campaign.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • upside down

      No, he got what he deserved. Put you or a loved one in the same position as the victim. Shoot or say "Stop!!!!!!"?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akeno

      yes they could of tased him but not every officer carries them with them on every trip from the car and instead of runing and getting it they might of decided to warn and shoot to see if those few moments could save the guys life

      May 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin Morgan

      Are you daft? He's eating the man's FACE OFF.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      zombies don't respond to tazers

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

      Are you serious that you don't think this animal should have been shot dead? Do you really think this man had a place in society and should have been taken alive? How about they just show the victims face as an anti-drug campaign rather than having decent Americans pay to keep the other guy in prison for the rest of his life since we know he would've been found insane and therefore wouldn't have been put to death.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      No...anyone who gets into the condition that they can chew another persons face off needs to be taken out. It is easy for you to say don't kill him, but you don't live in the neighborhood. Stupid people go back to doing stupid things (drugs) when they get out of jail.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      If a gun shot failed to stop him, than I doubt a taser would do much. Think in terms of PCP. Some people on those sorts of drugs can lose a limb and not feel a thing. If this man was tased, I have reason to believe it wouldn't even phase him. Besides, it was for the best. Imagine waking up in jail and being told, "You attacked a homeless man and ate his face off." Me personally? I wouldn't be able to stop vomiting and would likely wish for death than living with the fact that I completely disfigured someone and committed cannibalism.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meghan

      You're an idiot.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonja

      not all cops carry a taser or a bean bag gun. They are dept issued. I know for a fact my husband doesnt carry either of those. I think they are rotated between cops. So I guess he could have waiting for another officer to get there but then everyone would be crying about why the officer waiting. Damned if they do, damed if they dont. The Guy was EATING another person. I dont think you know what you would do until you are in the situation. People are also very strong with on any sort of drugs and they dont even react to being tased. They just keep coming at whoever.

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

      Tasing doesnt work all of the time. Also if you look at the laws on what justifies leathal force you will find mayhem on there. Mayhem is defined as 1. Law The offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person.
      2. Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing; wanton destruction 3. A state of violent disorder or riotous confusion; havoc.

      Ripping someones face off and eating it, and refusing to stop when ordered to is absolutely grounds for leathal force. and tasing him was not going to stop his attack long enough for the officers to get him restrained.

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

      sheesh.. And I'm not watching my grammar 😛

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

      Remind me next time someone's munching on your nose and eyes to try reasoning with the cannibal. Perhaps I can persuade him to forgo dessert, numbnuts.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ItsSpreading

    A guy in Hackensack NJ just did the same thing TO HIMSELF... started stabbing and cutting his abdomen... and threw his intestines at responders... they had to subdue him... It's apparently spreading on the Eastern U.S. border...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Risse

    Please don't quit your day job!!! If you have one!

    May 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Colin Morgan

    Can you imagine being the cop? You point a gun a guy and tell him to back off and he, being naked, crouched on all fours, covered in blood turns around growling and starts hissing at you? That's like end of the world right there.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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