Posted on 30th May 2012 @ 2:35 PM
It has been making headline all over the State of Florida: the story of a wild attack in which a man reportedly attacked a homeless man and ate nearly all of his face. The brutal and unwarranted attack lasted 18 minutes and was captured on CCTV security surveillance cameras.
The man responsible for this insane attack was Rudy Eugene, and it is believed by police that he was high on a dangerous new drug called “bath salts.” Police had to shoot Eugene four times to subdue him. The victim was Ronald Poppo, a 65 year old homeless man. He is currently in critical condition with 75 percent of his face missing and likely devoured by Rudy Eugene.
The footage was taken by CCTV security surveillance cameras placed on the nearby Miami Herald building. Eugene ate Poppo’s nose, eyes, and mouth. Eugene had a criminal history and was arrested previously in 2008 after threatening to kill his own mother. He had to be tasered by the police in order to bring him in.
"He wasn't cooperative, wouldn't follow orders, very belligerent," said Detective Mike Pons. "He had that thousand-yard stare, staring right into you, not assessing or understanding what the commands were."
It was believed early on into the investigation that Eugene was mentally ill, however there is no evidence of such outside of this attack and the possibility of mental illness was not mention at all during any police report concerning Eugene.
Eugene was found guilty of his crimes in 2008, but was released on a suspended sentence because the court believed at the time that "the defendant is not likely to engage in a criminal course of conduct."
That prediction proved to be horribly wrong last Saturday. Police say Eugene, 31, started his day in South Beach where he dumped his car. It is believed that he may have been cruising the streets for the popular Urban Beach Weekend.
He then walked across a causeway that connects the popular neighborhood with downtown Miami when he began to strip his clothes off. The footage picks up and shows an agitated Eugene naked and bent over a second figure believed to be Poppo.
Poppo was homeless and lived near the area where the attack occurred. Poppo tries to fight back as Eugene tries to take off his clothes. As the assault begins, the surveillance video shows a few passerbys beginning to notice what is going on. Police say they received at least five calls from witnesses.
When a police officer, who has been described as traumatized by the incident, arrives on scene, he is seemingly casually getting out of his patrol car until he notices what is going on. The officer almost immediately draws his gun. The cop ordered Eugene to stop the attack, but Eugene ignored his command and even growled back at the officer. It's unclear when the officer fired because the video is obstructed by a metro commuter train line, but it eventually took four bullets to make Eugene stop his brutal assault.
It's still unclear what triggered the violent attack. Police and many in the medical community believe that drugs, in particular "bath salts," may have played a role. "Bath salts" have become increasingly popular in the Miami party scene, and they can trigger extremely violent outbursts. But police have found no evidence of drugs at the scene, and toxicology results will take several weeks to come back in.