The Miami cannibal attack occurred on May 26, 2012, when assailant Rudy Eugene was fatally shot as he assaulted Ronald Poppo on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, Florida. During the 18-minute filmed encounter, Eugene (who had stripped himself nude) beat Poppo unconscious, removed his pants, and chewed off most of his face above the beard, including his left eye. As a result of the incident's shocking nature and subsequent worldwide media coverage, Eugene came to be dubbed the "Miami Zombie" as well as the "Causeway Cannibal".
Although friends and family have filled in details of Eugene's life, the motive remains unknown. It is not believed that the two men knew each other. Eugene, 31, employed at a car wash at the time of the attack, was a divorced former high school football player with a series of petty criminal arrests from age 16 until most recently in 2009. Poppo, 65, was homeless and had long been presumed dead by his estranged family.
Police sources have said they believe that use of a street drug like "bath salts" may have been a factor, but this is pure speculation and toxicology reports are pending.