Police Shoot "Zombie" Man Eating Homeless Man Face
- Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:29 PM
MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - Police in Miami shot Rudy Eugene, 31, when he was found naked along side a homeless man off the freeway in Florida eating the man's face. Witnesses are calling it a zombie-like attack.
Security cameras at the Miami Herald building, near where the attack took place, caught Eugene dragging a homeless man out of his resting space, beating, undressing and ultimately chewing the face of the victim.
ABC Action News described what the cameras show.
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 and siad "the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin. It was just a blob of blood."
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. There are Florida withdrawal treatment centers for those addicted to this bath salts, and it is hoped that those with loved ones hooked on this drug would seek such help.
Four other instances of drug use in Miami-Dade bear resemblance to Saturday's attack, Aguilar told WPLG.
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.