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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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun122012

Miami Cannibal Victim Recovering, But Unrecognizable

Rudy Eugene is pictured in this undated mugshot. (Obtained by ABC News)(MIAMI) -- Ronald Poppo, the 65-year-old Miami homeless man whose face was eaten during a vicious attack two weeks ago, is "doing well, eating, walking around, and remembers the attack," doctors said Tuesday as they updated the public for the first time on the victim's condition.

Poppo gave permission for doctors to discuss his case with reporters, but has had no visitors. Doctors described Poppo as upbeat despite significant portions of his face being destroyed, and said he's beginning to remember the horrific and unprovoked attack on the streets of the city.

"When Poppo arrived you could not make out facial features," said Dr. Nicolas Namias, chief of trauma at Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. "Our primary goal was to close his wounds…[and] allow him to recover before undergoing more surgeries."

Doctors say his left eye was destroyed. His right eye is still there but they covered it with a flap taken from skin from his forehead and scalp. He suffered a brain injury, similar to those experienced by those involved in car accidents, according to doctors. Both his ears remain intact.

"Fifty percent of his face is gone, and he is missing all the features that would make him recognizable," said Dr. Wrood Kassira, Jackson chief of plastic surgery.

Mental health providers have begun seeing Poppo, and doctors described his condition as upbeat. Still, he has many months of surgery ahead.

"He had wounds involving the forehead, both eyes and the cheek. We did skin grafts to his wounds, which are still healing and evolving. He is missing his eyebrows and his eyes. It is hard to see who he is," said Dr. Namias.

Police say 31-year-old Rudy Eugene randomly met Poppo on the side of a heavily trafficked Miami thoroughfare during Memorial Day weekend. Police believe it was a chance encounter that occurred after Eugene dumped his car in South Beach and walked 3 ½ miles across a causeway, stripping off his clothes in broad daylight and then attacking Poppo.

Law enforcement officials continue to speculate that the dangerous new street drug "bath salts" may have played a role in the attack. Autopsy results on Eugene did not reveal any drugs in his system; however, toxicology results have not been released. Eugene was shot and killed by police after they say their repeated pleas to get him to stop attacking Poppo were met with growls.

Surveillance video shows that for 18 agonizing minutes Poppo was disrobed from the waist down, kicked, punched and eaten alive before police shot Eugene four times. Poppo then sat up covered in blood as three paramedics quickly got him onto a stretcher, put a neck brace on him and rushed him to the emergency room.

Poppo, who once attended New York City's elite Stuyvesant High School and dreamed of becoming president, will need months of reconstructive surgery that will cost thousands of dollars. A foundation set up in his name has raised $15,000.

Poppo qualifies for Medicare and Medicaid. He will have to decide which operations he seeks to undergo, which will most likely involve taking pieces from his skin to attempt to reconstruct his face. Doctors say he may not be a good candidate for a face transplant.

He will remain in the hospital for several more weeks, and then doctors and social workers will assess what to do with him next. He is currently battling a mild infection.

His doctors said he had a message for the public: "Go Heat." The team is meeting the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA championship.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun092012

Miami Face-Eating Attacker Had No Human Flesh in Stomach

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The Miami man whose vicious face-eating attack left his victim with his eyes, nose and mouth chewed off may not have been a cannibal after all.

An autopsy of Rudy Eugene's body found there was no human flesh in his stomach, just a few undigested pills, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The pills have not been identified and it will take weeks to complete toxicology tests on them, the newspaper reported.

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

"He's beating another man. It's a naked man beating another man," one 911 caller said. "He is going to kill that man. I promise you."

The grisly assault on Ronald Poppo, a homeless man, lasted for 18 agonizing minutes and was captured on nearby surveillance cameras.

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 chewed off the man's nose, mouth and eyes.

The bizarre attack was one of the first in a string of unrelated cannibalistic incidents that has been dubbed the "zombie apocalypse."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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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