New Video Surfaces in 'Miami Zombie' Attack
Credit: Miami-Dade Police Dept.
A new video from security cameras at The Miami Herald building released Tuesday shows the nearly 20-minute-long face-chewing attack on a homeless man near the MacArthur Causeway.
The video shows the attacker, identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, walking naked on the sidewalk near the Biscayne Boulevard exit Saturday afternoon before he encounters his victim, 65-year-old Ronald Poppo.
Eugene appears to struggle with Poppo, throwing him on to the sidewalk as cars and bicyclists speed past and a Metromover car passes by overhead.
As Eugene gets Poppo on the ground, he stands over him and starts ripping his clothes off, while Poppo tries to fight back.
The attack continues for several minutes as Eugene appears to drag Poppo under the Metromover track and just out of the camera's view.
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Poppo was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Miami-Dade Police said they are trying to find the next of kin for Poppo, who is homeless, but have not yet located them.
Records showed Eugene was arrested for a variety of charges between 2004 and 2008, including battery and trespassing. He also served time for selling and possessing marijuana.
Police haven't confirmed whether drugs played a role in Saturday's attack. No evidence of drugs or paraphernalia were found at the scene and toxicology tests on Eugene's blood will take several weeks, police said, according to the Herald.
Authorities say Eugene had been in Miami Beach for Urban Beach Weekend shortly before the attack and that his car, a purple 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, was towed after it was parked illegally at 1100 10th Street.
Poppo, meanwhile, also has a record of arrests in Miami-Dade dating back to the 1970s. Of his two dozen arrests, eight were for felonies including aggravated assault, aggravated battery and burglary. But no action was taken on most of them, and Poppo was only convicted on one of the felony charges, for resisting an officer with violence in 2005, the records said.
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