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. Heretic897

    Looks like the Zombie Apocolypse has begin – better stock up on bullets, beans and bandaids. Remember you can't be pro-life AND anti-zombie!! The hardest part of surviving the zombie apocolypse is trying not to look so excited!!

    May 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dixie Normous

    so hungry..I can eat someones face..

    May 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. selena

    thats so disgusting ughh ......; ugh thats just ughh why would you be eating another human i just dont understand that i know they were homeless but UGHH thats just nasty..............................UGHHHHH

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

      Hi, just wondering if you could get one more 'ugh' in there for good measure. Thanks.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. angel

    He might have ben on drugs and thought that the man was a Crispy Chicken ! >;D

    May 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nick

    man i knew zombies were real. i hope that police officer remembered rule #2. Doube tap.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kayvion

    thats just, the most disgusting thing i ever seen and the problem is the whole thing is a problem from beginnng to the end i just cant stand to see stuff like that displayed on the internet and i hope...... no comment

    May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyFiveAlive

      You know what I hate? I hate run-on sentences.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yerpostisdum

    Chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions? Can I just try a little?

    May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kayvion

    back to the situation about the human eating human what i wanna know is what sick person eats another person......... no comment no comment no comment

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

      You sure have a lot to say for someone with no comment.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyFiveAlive

      No comment to your comment.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NAKIA

    no he did not deseve to die it is NOT his falt to DIE. NO body deserves to die

    May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHowChow

      Even Hitler?

      May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • sadie456

      I used to think like you, as murder is the ultimate act. However, I have come to the conclusion that murder is morally justified IF it saves a life or lives. For example, anyone who had the chance to take down Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Amin, Saddam, and any number of other psychotic 'leaders' WOULD be justified, in that their act would undoubtedly save further lives. Failure to stop a rabid killer when given the chance would, for me, be a greater burden on my conscience. Yes, I would be acting as judge AND executioner, but just sometimes that is the lesser of possible evils.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Josh

    Stay in the cave bigot. Your kind (partial human) ain't welcome in these parts (Earth).

    May 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    I three out my wife's lavender bath salts, now she's yelling at me. I would prefer that my wife not eat my face after a relaxing bath. Is that so much to ask?

    May 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CreedsWord

    One word : DOUBLE TAP!...( ok two words)

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

      Good one!! Really great and funny movie.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Geo D

    I hope the cops shot him in the head or else he will come back and continue eating faces!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    The PCP problem in Florida's black community must cease!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fiona

    There are some legitimate reasons someone observing this might not intervene, or even report it. A passing glimpse of a naked man atop a naked man might appear to be consensual s ex which, while illegal in public, is not a violent act. Someone who saw it as the attack it was might be too frightened to intervene - for good reason. Believe it or not, a person might not even have a cell phone to report it. And someone who is in questionable status with the law (here illegally, or having a record) might be reluctant to contact the police. This is not necessarily indifference, as is implied by the article.

    I have seen people engaged in s ex in plain view of the public. There is a sort of fetish involving the thrill of coupling in the public eye. It's offensive to me, and it's illegal. But I have never reported it to police. I see it as a victimless crime.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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