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. Kendo23

    If it weren't for your extremely low IQ, you would probably be a genius.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jonathan

    It's a dang good thing he was hungry for pork cheek and not hot dog!

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

    ...the EYES were "torn off"? Do they possibly mean the ears? Or eyelids? How do you tear off someone's eyes?

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

      LiveLeak has the extremely graphic images taken by paramedics, apparently he found a way with his teeth. Very disturbing.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raydar07

    I'm sure he tasted like "chicken," that's he kept on going after the second bite. nom

    May 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Haley

    I Agree With Stefanie He Hadd E VERY Right To Be Shot . This Is Gross

    May 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raydar07

    he must of thought it was "Chikin Wangs."

    May 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peace&Blessings


    May 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cynthia

    This is the most stupid comment you could come up with. RACIST IDIOT!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wowzers

    Your sentence is why America is becoming the dumbest country on Earth.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BD

    Gotta nuke it from orbit, its the only way to be sure.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |

    This one story is happening daily in Florida and the media isn't reporting on it. I'm going to put it in the easiest way possible. We are under attack down here by strange forces the media is obviously refusing to report on. A new strain of PCP is being imported from Cuba and introduced into the black community. I want to know where Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are on this deal? Large swaths of the black community are being made brain dead by this drug and they are resorting to random attacks on their neighbors and other people. Yes, some are nude and yes there are some reports of cannibalism. After dark it is not advisable to be on the streets because they come out and stumble around our neighborhoods commiting extreme acts of violence and vandalism and the police do NOTHING. We get helicopters, no doubt military and/or tv crews, but there is nothing being reported on this.. WE NEED HELP DOWN HERE.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cyg

    Witnesses that stand and do nothing should be shot too.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    Are CNN's ratings so bad that they have to show this on the front page? I guess so. Looks like CNN has to now compete US and Star magazines.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      Sorry, not sure how a man eating another man's face off is not front page news.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Caster Plaster

    I think the New Black Panthers are responsible for this New PCP which they are utilizing to start an Afro-zombie Race War.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gloriana

    I don't believe CNN that this was because of bath salt.. Cannibalism is practiced in Haiti everyday. People here are so naive and stupid, it will be a matter of time till the white race wakes up and see the destruction going on before their eyes.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jtucker4

      No one cares what happens in an all black country.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jbo

      Thats because you are probably form uncivilized society. That is what seperates from animals. We are supposed to be civilize. I'm glad the guy was shot like the animal he was.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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