While many still can’t wrap their heads around the fact that Miami resident Rudy Eugene, 31, was shot and killed for eating the face of homeless drifter, Ronald Poppo, 65; there are still questions that need to be answered. The “Miami Face-Eating Zombie” story has captivated the internet, but many people don’t know the specific facts of the case.
Details are still emerging about what happened on that Sunday afternoon when Eugene rolled up on Poppo and decided to take a bite out of his face.
For instance, it’s being reported that Eugene was on a serious drug trip. Miami police officers are saying that he was on “bath salts,” or another higher potent form of LSD.
Along with tripping off LSD, Eugene spent the night before partying hard during Miami’s Urban Beach Week and he also apparently abandoned his car moments before he stumbled upon Poppo.
When all is said and done, the crazy case of the “face-chewing naked man” will be talked about in Miami for years to come.
On Sunday afternoon, Eugene walked naked alongside the MacArthur Causeway before assaulting Poppo, who he found dozing in the shade of the elevated Metromover train tracks.
Eugene chomped on Poppo for 18 minutes, punching and stripping his pants off before gnawing off his face as cars and cyclists rolled by on the busy causeway.
At least five passersby, including a Road Ranger from the Florida Department of Transportation, called police to report what they saw of the macabre scene. Three bicyclists pedaled by the two bloody men.
For about two minutes before Eugene started feasting on Poppo, he rolled him out onto the sunny sidewalk, stripping off his clothes while Poppo kicked in resistance. Eugene later appeared to straddle Poppo and hunch over him for several minutes.
A Road Ranger called to the scene also called 911 and used a loudspeaker to call for Eugene to cease. Cyclist Larry Vega later told reporters that Eugene “just stood, his head up like that, with pieces of flesh in his mouth. And he growled.”
Shortly before the attack, Eugene had been in Miami Beach, partying for Urban Beach Week over the Memorial Day Weekend. He had abandoned his car, a purple 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, which was towed for being parked illegally at 1100 10th St.
The night before, Eugene had been with his girlfriend in Miami Gardens. She reported that he was acting strangely before leaving in his car. According to police, Eugene later called her to say that his car broke down.
After Eugene abandoned his car he decided to cross the causeway on foot, a hike of a little more than 3 miles from where he left his vehicle.
Dr. Paul Adams, an emergency physician at the Jackson Memorial Rider Trauma Center in Miami, said that Eugene displayed behavior exhibiting signs of psychosis due to this new drug, use of which has spiked during the last year.
According to Adams:
“You can call it the new LSD. It’s a recreational drug…They [patients] seem to be unaware of their surroundings. They are not rational, very aggressive and are stronger than they usually are.
In the emergency room it usually takes four to five people to control them, and we have had a couple of people breaking out of restraints.”
Whatever Eugene was on, it made him go bonkers.