This combo made with undated photos made available by the Miami-Dade Police Dept. shows Rudy Eugene, 31, left, who police shot and killed as he ate the face of Ronald Poppo, 65, right, during a horrific attack in the shadow of the Miami Herald’s headquarters on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Poppo was in critical condition Tuesday, with only his goatee intact on his face, the newspaper reported. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Dept.)
UPDATE: THURSDAY August 9th, 2012 at 9:05 AM – Ronald Poppo is speaking out for the very first time, and we have the audio recording below in this news piece.
UPDATE: MONDAY July 16th, 2012 at 10:45 AM – A friend of Eugene’s, Christian, 34, has come forward and told authorities that they had both previously met Poppo while volunteering to feed the homeless.
‘Poppo seemed like a nice and kind man,’ Christian, 34, told the Herald. ‘I remember when we gave him food.’
The police are hoping that this new information might lead them to a motive for the attack.
UPDATE: THURSDAY June 28th, 2012 at 10:35 AM - The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner has come out and said that there was only Marijuana found in Rudy Eugene’s system. The toxicology report has been completed.
“The department’s toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana,” the medical examiner said in a statement. “The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs.”
Along with ruling out all drugs and alcohol other than Marijuana, the department has stated that there were no known drugs in bath salts present in Eugene’s system at the time.
Poppo has been recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital‘s Ryder Trauma Center since the attack on May 26th that took place along the MacArthur Causeway. 50 Percent of his face were attacked and he’s also suffering an infection, brain injury and some puncture wounds in his chest.
I am sorry, but there is NO WAY in hell that Eugene was just under the influence of Marijuana. To strip naked, viciously attack someone, eat their face and then to not retreat after being shot means he was clearly crazy or on some sort of drug, similar to LSD. Bath salts are a newer drug that people know very little about. Could it be possible that the drug had worked its way out of his system before the toxicology was performed? Did he have mental issues before this particular attack? The fact that he stripped off his clothing means he was feeling very hot, which is a feeling that many people get when they take Speed, Ecstasy, or LSD. Another common factor is that pain is dismissed while high on these drugs. It seems logical that Rudy Eugene was having a similar experience, yet the department says nothing was present? I think some more investigation needs to go into this, because if marijuana gets a bad name thanks to this crazy ass cannibal, I will not be happy about that. People have worked too hard to share the effects of marijuana, which usually don’t include eating people, getting naked and being able to take bullets like some kind of Superman.
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY June 13th at 9:08 AM – A photo has been released with the consequences of the attack finally revealed. Below, you can find that image as well as more about this story.
“He was always looking for ways to make money. Not necessarily illegal, but sometimes he got in trouble with it,” lifelong friend, Daniel Ruiz told the Miami Herald. “But for Rudy to do something that graphic, that aggressive, that violent, that gruesome — that’s what’s really troubling us. Rudy? Really? Rudy? Naw.”
The Associated Press -
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities were seeking more witnesses Tuesday to help explain what led a naked man to start chewing another naked man’s face and whose only response when confronted by police was to growl and keep attacking – even after being shot.
At least one witness so far has said he saw the attack Saturday on a busy highway off-ramp. Police have identified the attacker as Rudy Eugene, 31.
The victim, who has not been identified, is in critical condition at a hospital. Both men were naked at the time of the attack, The Miami Herald reported.
“We know that there were many people on the MacArthur Causeway and we’re hoping they come forward,” Detective William Moreno was quoted Monday by the newspaper as saying.
Police have released few details about the attack, other than confirming that an officer had fatally shot a suspect.
A police spokesman and the Miami-Dade County medical examiner did not immediately return telephone calls Tuesday from The Associated Press.
Witness Larry Vega was riding his bicycle Saturday afternoon off the MacArthur Causeway that connects downtown Miami with Miami Beach when he saw the savage attack, he told local news media.
“The guy was, like, tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!’” Vega told Miami television station WSVN (http://bit.ly/L6kwWt). “The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like, ripping his skin.”
Vega flagged down a Miami police officer, who he said repeatedly ordered the attacker to get off the victim. The attacker just picked his head up and growled at the officer, Vega said.
As the attack continued, Vega said the officer shot the attacker, who continued chewing the victim’s face. The officer fired again, killing the attacker.
A surveillance camera from The Miami Herald building nearby captured images of the men’s naked legs lying side by side after the shooting.
Vega said the victim appeared gravely injured.
“It was just a blob of blood,” Vega said. “You couldn’t really see, it was just blood all over the place.”
Vega declined to speak Tuesday with The Associated Press. He said he was trying to put the attack behind him.
Ives Eugene, who identified himself as Rudy Eugene’s uncle, described his nephew as a “nice and hard-working” man who washed cars at a local dealership.
In a telephone interview, Eugene, 55, said his nephew had asked his girlfriend to borrow her car, but she said no. “So he rode the bicycle, and he never came back home.”
Ives Eugene said the family heard Monday about the attack but did not know what sparked it.
Rudy Eugene’s ex-wife declined to be interviewed when reached by The Associated Press by telephone.
Ronald Poppo was a quiet homeless man that supposedly, never bothered anyone. Although he was a bit down and out during this incident, he attended a prestigious New York School as a young man and wasn’t heading for a life on the streets. Sadly, he’s still in critical condition. Even if he does survive, there’s not much left of his face and it could be a very long recovery process.
Ronald Poppo as a young student in New York
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