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Wednesday
Jun272012

Miami Face-Eating Attack Not Caused by Bath Salts?

Miami-Dade Police Dept.(MIAMI) -- Bath salts was not the cause of the incident in Miami in which a naked man was discovered chewing the face of a homeless man.

The medical examiner found no psychotropic drugs in the body of the so-called Miami face-eater Rudy Eugene.  On Memorial Day weekend, police shot and killed Eugene after his cannibalistic attack on Ronald Poppo.

According to the toxicology report, the medical examiner found only traces of marijuana in Eugene's system.  There were no traces of bath salts, LSD or anything that would cause some sort of psychotic frenzy, as police initially had suspected.

Eugene, 31, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia after a prior misdemeanor arrest, but was never referred to the court's mental illness diversion program, according to the judge who handled the case.  

His attack on Poppo, 65, who remains hospitalized after losing 75 percent of his face, was much more likely because of mental illness than the presence of drugs in his system.

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Saturday
Jun022012

Zombie Apocalypse: Miami Face Eating Attack: 911 Calls Released

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Three frantic 911 calls reporting a brutal face-eating attack are shedding new light on the painful scene passersby witnessed.

"He's beating another man. It's a naked man beating another man," one caller said. "He is going to kill that man. I promise you."

The grisly assault on a homeless man whose face was eaten by a deranged assailant lasted for 18 agonizing minutes and was captured on nearby surveillance cameras. The 911 calls were releaed by police late Friday.

"He is beating another man to a pulp," one caller said.

Another told police they would have no trouble finding the location.

"Can't miss him, he's naked!" the caller said.

Rudy Eugene, who authorities suspect may have been high on a dangerous new street drug known as "bath salts," had to be shot four times by a police officer to halt the cannibalistic attack.

The victim, Ronald Poppo, 65, is in critical condition after police say 75 percent of his face was devoured by Eugene.

Footage taken by security cameras at the nearby Miami Herald building shows most of the 18 gory minutes of Eugene's growling and vicious attack on Poppo, when Eugene ate the man's nose, mouth and eyes.

A second cannibalistic attack occured later this week.

A 21-year-old man accused of killing a housemate told police in Harford County, Md., that he ate the victim's heart and part of his brain after killing him.

Alexander Kinyua first became a suspect when his brother found what he thought were human remains in the basement of the family's Joppatowne home. When the brother confronted Kinyua, he told him they were animal remains, according to ABC 2 News in Baltimore. The brother told the father about the grisly find, but when the father searched the basement the remains were gone.

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Thursday
May312012

Miami Face-Eating Attack Lasted 18 Minutes

Rudy Eugene is pictured in this undated mugshot. (Obtained by ABC News)(MIAMI) -- The grisly assault on a homeless man whose face was eaten by an assailant in Miami last week went on for 18 agonizing minutes and was captured on nearby surveillance cameras.

Rudy Eugene, who authorities suspect may have been high on a dangerous new street drug known as "bath salts," had to be shot four times by a police officer to halt the cannibalistic attack.

The victim, Ronald Poppo, 65, is in critical condition after police say 75 percent of his face was devoured by Eugene.

Footage taken by security cameras at the nearby Miami Herald building show most of the 18 minutes of Eugene's growling and vicious attack on Poppo when Eugene ate the man's nose, mouth and eyes.

Eugene, 31, had a criminal past and has the notoriety of being the first person ever tasered by the North Miami Police Department after he was arrested for beating and threatening to kill his mother in 2008.  Police told ABC News affiliate WPLG that they had to taser him three times to subdue him.

According to WPLG, police believed that Eugene may have been mentally ill, but, according to the judge who handled the case, was never referred to the court's mental illness diversion program.

Eugene was found guilty, but the court suspended his sentence citing in court records that "the defendant is not likely to engage in a criminal course of conduct."

That prediction proved to be wrong last Saturday.  Police say Eugene 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. 

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Tuesday
May292012

Cannibal Attack Possibly Prompted By 'Bath Salts'

Rudy Eugene is pictured in this undated mugshot. (Obtained by ABC News)(MIAMI) -- Miami police suspect that what caused a 31-year-old man to rip off his clothes and viciously gnaw on the face of another man in a daylight attack on a busy highway is a new and extremely dangerous street drug known as "bath salts."

A Miami police officer shot Rudy Eugene Saturday after repeated pleas for him to stop eating another man's face. His demands were met with only growls. Eugene continued, and it took four bullets to kill and finally stop him as witnesses watched in horror.

According to police, little remained of the victim's face, with 75 percent of it eaten away, rendering him almost unrecognizable. One source says all that remained was blood and the victim's goatee.

[ CLICK HERE TO SEE A PHOTO OF THE VICTIM PRIOR TO THE ATTACK ]

Police have not officially connected Eugene's behavior to "bath salts," but experts say he was exhibiting the classic signs of someone high on the drug.

Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of police, who has been in contact with the officer who killed Eugene, says the similarities between this and other recent cases involving "bath salts" are striking.

"The cases are similar minus a man eating another. People taking off their clothes. People suddenly have super-human strength," says Aguilar. "They become violent and they are burning up for the inside. Their organs are reaching a level that most would die. By the time police approach them they are a walking dead person."

According to WPLG, the victim was a 65-year-old, apparently homeless man who was living near the causeway where the attack occurred.  The victim, identified as Ronald Poppo, is listed in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, WPLG reports.

Eugene, who was believed to be homeless, left few clues behind as to what led to the attack. Court records show that although he was arrested several times, they were for minor offenses. His ex-wife described him as having violent tendencies, but is shocked by the attack.

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