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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ronald Poppo: 'He chewed up my face and plucked out my eyes': Miami cannibal victim speaks for first time

The victim of a cannibal attack has spoken for the first time about his horrific injuries which left him blind and with severe wounds after flesh was torn from his face.

Ronald Poppo, 65, barely survived the frenzied attack by 31-year-old Rudy Eugene on May 26. Police were forced to shoot dead Eugene after he would not stop savaging his victim.

It was widely speculated that Eugene was on bath salts when he launched the assault - however toxicology tests last month only found marijuana in his system.

Mr Poppo told police officers, in a tape obtained by CBS: '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.'

He later added: 'He mashed my face into the sidewalk. My face is all bent and mashed up... He was strangling me in wrestling holds at the same time he was plucking my eyes out.'

In the interview, the 65-year-old also expressed gratitude to the police officers who saved his life, saying if it wasn't for them he would be in 'worse shape'.

The homeless man had undergone several surgeries at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida before being transferred to a local-term care center.

He told police that he had never met Eugene and does not know why he was attacked, contrary to reports that the pair had earlier met at a homeless shelter. Read More