Victim of Face-Chewing Attack Talks
It’s been two months since Ronald Poppo, the victim of the now infamous face-chewing attack, was viciously assaulted along a south Florida highway.
In an interview with police, Poppo describes his initial encounter with his attacker, Rudy Eugene, as “nice.” The situation took a drastic turn for the worse when Eugene became enraged and attacked Poppo.
The Inquistr reports Poppo said: “For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy. But he just went and turned berserk. He apparently didn’t have a good day at the Beach and he -– he was coming back. And I guess he took it out — took it out on me — or something. I don’t know. What can provoke an attack of that type. I certainly didn’t curse at the guy, or say anything mean or nasty to him.”
“He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically, that’s all there is to say about it,” Poppo told police investigators.
Eugene was widely reported to have been under the influence of a designer drug known as “bath salts” during the attack. However, toxicology results indicated only the presence of marijuana.
According to CBS Miami, the officer asked Poppo: “Did Mr. Eugene have anything in his hands?”
Poppo answered: “No. Mr. Eugene did not have any type of weapon. He did not use any weapon on me. He basically was using brute force.”
The officer asked: “But before he attacked you, did he have any clothes? Any materials? Any books?”
Poppo: “No. I don’t recall him having anything.”
The 18-minute attack, which was captured on surveillance video, ended when a Miami police officer shot and killed Eugene as he ripped at Poppo’s face.
“What can provoke an attack of that type?” Poppo said. “I certainly didn’t curse at the guy, or say anything mean or nasty to him.”