Miami Cannibal Was NOT on Bath Salts
Rudy Eugene, the naked man who was killed by police while eating another man’s face, was not using bath salts at the time of the attack. Toxicology reports and an autopsy have determined that Eugene had been using marijuana, but there were no other street drugs in his system.
Eugene, 31, was shot by police while attacking a homeless man for 18 minutes. Besides marijuana, his body didn’t show ”any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs,” according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.
“The department has also sought the assistance of an outside forensic toxicology reference laboratory, which has confirmed the absence of ‘bath salts,’ synthetic marijuana and LSD,” the statement said.
Eugene attacked 65-year old Ronald Poppo in an incident that made national headlines. The event took place near the MacArthur Highway in Miami. When the officer ordered Eugene to stop attacking the man, he growled at him and continued eating. That is when he was shot.
Poppo has since lost 75% of his face from the attack.
At the time, Armando Aguilar, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said that he thought Eugene was under the influence of bath salts, a new drug that has caused similar attacks in the past. Eugene’s family has held to the idea that this attack was not in his nature. They’ve said that he is a “religious man” who wouldn’t hurt anyone. His girlfriend actually said that he was either cursed or had been drugged.
As of yet, there is no indication of what caused Eugene to attack the man. There is also little understanding of whether or not this incident is in any way related to other cannibalistic attacks that have taken place around the country.
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