ZOMBIES among us !!

WTF ???
What is going on in Florida? Is it to much sun? Is it to much ocean air? Apparantly, they are abusing their drugs !!

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing for some people.  (YOU THINK?)

Several vehicles, including buses and even three bicyclists, went past on a Miami street as a naked man chewed the face off a homeless man Saturday in what has been called a zombie-like attack.  The footage, taken by security cameras on the Herald building in downtown Miami, shows the entire 18-minute attack, which ended when a police officer shot the attacker after he did not stop his assault on the homeless man.

The footage shows that attacker, identified by Miami-Dade Police as Rudy Eugene, 31, walking along the sidewalk and then stopping in a shaded area created by the tramway bridge. He apparently attacks the victim, dragging him out from the shade, stripping the victim’s clothes off and then beating him as the victim kicks his legs in an apparent attempt to fight back. Police said at least five of those passers-by called to the report the incident, according to the Miami Herald report accompanying the video.

Larry Vega witnessed the attack and spoke to CNN affiliate WSVN.  “The guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin. It was just a blob of blood.” 

The arrival of police did not deter the attacker, Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar told CNN affiliate WPLG.

“When the officer approached him, told him to stop, pointed a gun at him, he turned around and growled like a wild animal and kept eating at the man’s face,” Aguilar was quoted as saying by WPLG.   Augilar said he suspects that the attacker was under the influence of “bath salts,” a drug that contains synthetic stimulants that can “cause chest pains, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia, and delusions,” according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

(Bath salts huh? And to think I was only using them in the bath)

Four other instances of drug use in Miami-Dade bear resemblances to Saturday’s attack, Aguilar told WPLG.

(So your telling us there are 4 more known zombies in Miami?)

Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, said officials won’t know for certain whether drugs played a role in the attack until toxicology reports are completed in a month or so. (A month??? Where’s Horatio Caine, when you need him? It never takes him that long on CSI-Miami) But he said police have been seeing increased incidents of drug-induced crime in the area.

Ortiz said the victim was in critical condition at a local hospital. He could not say whether the victim and attacker knew each other. The Herald reported that the victim’s nose, face and eyes were torn off during the attack.

On Tuesday police identified Eugene’s victim as Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man who has lived on Miami’s streets for more than three decades. With his nose, mouth and eyes torn off, he remained in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

I have to say there are so many disturbing aspects to this, but I really feel bad for the homeless man.  I watched the 18 min video of the event which didn’t show to much, but in the video it doesn’t appear as anyone is attending to the victim until the paramedics arrive.  Then I watched the video of the paramedics and they just did not seem to be very gentle with this already tramatized victim.  I don’t know all the details of course and I am just going on my gut feeling after watching these videos, but my heart goes out to this victim.  In other reports this victim survived being shot and living on the streets for near 40 years to end up fighting for his life as his face was eaten off while trying to take a nap.

I wonder about the condition this victim must of been in at the time of this attack.  What I mean is, I can be groggy when I first wake up, but if I’m being attacked physically, having my clothes ripped off of me and such, I would be doing a little more fighting than he appeared to be doing.  I don’t see as how I could allow someone to sit on me and proceed to eat my face for approx 18 mins without putting up more of a fight. 

Questions… so many questions.

Security video shows entire Miami ‘zombie’ attack – CNN News Blog
Why “Bath Salts” are dangerous – CNN Health
Video of rescue – Miami Herald

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