Victim of ‘Miami cannibal’ face-eating attack recalls the horrible incident

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, August 9, 2012 18:41 EDT
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The victim of the so-called “Miami cannibal” told police officers that he briefly thought his attacker “was a good guy.”

Rudy Eugene was shot dead in July by police after he was found eating Ronald Poppo’s face on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami.

“He just ripped me to ribbons,” Poppo told police in taped interviews from July. “He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that’s all there is to say about it.”

“He mashed my face into the sidewalk,” he said. “My face is all bent and mashed up. My eyes got plucked out. He was strangling me in wrestling holds — at the same time he was plucking my eyes out.”

Poppo lost up to 80 percent of his face in the gruesome attack. He is expected to recover from the attack, despite being severely disfigured.

“For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy,” Poppo recalled. “But he just went and turned berserk,. He apparently didn’t have a good day at the beach and he was coming back. And I guess he took it out, took it out on me or something. I don’t know.”

Police had claimed Eugene was overdosing on synthetic stimulants sold under the name “bath salts.” But the toxicology report released in June did not find evidence that Eugene had ingested any psychoactive substance besides marijuana.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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