Police have released a mugshot of Rudy Eugene, 31, the naked cannibal shot dead by an officer in Miami, Florida, during an attack in which he tore with his teeth at a victim's face.
According to police, the naked homeless man was high on a new potent form of LSD when he attacked another naked homeless man. The Miami Herald reports the victim is fighting for his life at the intensive care unit of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. WPLG reports Eugene chewed off 80 percent of the victim's face, including his nose and eyes.
According to The Independent, Eugene ignored a police order to stop, and after the first gunshot, he continued chewing on the victim's face. Police officers had to fire several shots until he died. Hospital staff say the man's injuries are some of the worst they have ever seen.
Daily Mail reports that a cyclist described the terrifying moment he witnessed Eugene tearing with his teeth at the face of his victim at the side of a freeway.
According to The Miami Herald, the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday on the MacArthur Causeway’s off-ramp to Biscayne Boulevard just south of the Miami Herald building. WSVN-TV reports Larry Vega was cycling off the MacArthur Causeway when he saw the attack he described as 'the most gruesome, traumatic thing I have ever seen in my life." Vega said: "The guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth and I told him to get off. But the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin. A police officer came over, told him several times to get off then climbed over the divider and got in front of him and said, 'Get off!' But the guy just stood his head up like that with a piece of flesh in his mouth and growled."
According to Vega, Eugene continued chewing on his victim's face until he was shot. Vega described the crime scene, saying: "It was just a blob of blood. You couldn't really see, it was just blood all over the place. It was one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen in my life in person. You know, you see these things in the movies but when you see it in person, it's pretty traumatic."
According to the New York Daily News, Vegas said: "The guy - he was like a zombie, blood dripping, it was intense. The closest thing I've seen to it? 'The Walking Dead.'"
WSVN-TV reports that Armando Aguilar of the Miami Fraternal Order of the Police, explained the evidence of the crime scene, "What's happening is whenever we see that a person has taken all of his clothes off and has become violent, it’s indicative of this excited delirium that's caused by overdose of drugs. What's happening is inside their body their organs are burning up alive." The Huffington Post also reports police sources say Eugene may have been suffering from a drug-induced mania that causes the body to heat up and the drug user to strip off.
According to WPLG, there is little evidence of the cause of the attack. But police say Eugene had married in December 2005 and divorced two years later. WPLG reports that His ex-wife said: “I wouldn’t say he had mental problem but he always felt like people was against him... No one was for him, everyone was against him."
The ex-wife identified as Jenny Ductant, said she had not spoken to Eugene for more than three years. She said that his increasing violence led to their divorce in 2007. The Miami Herald reports court records show that Eugene had no income at the time of divorce and his assets included $2 cash and $50 for a cellphone. His ex-wife agreed to take on the couple's debt, that included power and phone bills. According to The Miami Herald, when she was reached on the phone, she said: "I don't want to talk about it."
According to The Miami Herald, Eugene had previously been arrested on a battery charge at the age of 16, but the charge was dropped. He was arrested seven times over the next five years after his first arrest, four for marijuana offenses, once for misdemeanor battery, once for vending near a school and once for trespassing.