Miami Zombie Witness Called Police 17 Minutes Before Cops Shot And Killed Rudy Eugene

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Nash Perez was driving his kids home from a Sunday afternoon at the Miami Children's Museum when a curious sight made him tap his brakes. A few hundred feet ahead, about midway up the sharp hill 395 climbs near the Miami Herald, a naked man was gesturing angrily at the cars whizzing past. Perez called the police. It was 1:56 p.m.

Seventeen minutes later, a Miami police car finally arrived and an officer shot and killed that naked man -- Rudy Eugene, now known the world over as the Miami Zombie -- as he gnawed on victim Ronald Poppo's face.

Perez believes he may have been the first to spot Eugene in the minutes before he savagely attacked Poppo.

Perez, a South Beach hotel employee, had just left the Children's Museum heading west on 395 when he spotted Eugene.

"He had just finished taking off his clothing and was walking up the causeway toward Miami Beach," Perez tells Riptide. "He was frantically making gestures and talking to himself, walking against traffic on the wrong side of the barriers."

Pulling out his cell phone, Perez dialed 911. He later looked at his phone records to get the exact time of the call: 1:56 p.m.

That matches the Miami Herald's timeline of the attack; Eugene first appeared on a security video shot from the paper's headquarters at 1:55 p.m.

Perez's call was transferred from Miami cops to the Florida Highway Patrol. "I said there was a guy, maybe on drugs, maybe not, but buck naked and walking toward Miami Beach on the Causeway," he says.

The Herald says at least five other passersby also called police to report Eugene. Yet it took more than 17 minutes for Miami Officer Jose Rivera to arrive; shortly after exiting his cruiser at around 2:13 p.m., Rivera shot and killed Eugene, who was nude and chewing on Poppo's face.

Perez speculates that jurisdictional trouble may have delayed a police response. "It brings up the point that there are a lot more Miami and Miami Beach cops on the streets nearby than FHP cruisers," he says. "Maybe if they had responded first they'd have gotten there sooner."

Riptide has requested a copy of all the 911 calls that came into dispatch during Eugene's attack. A Miami PD spokesman says they're still retrieving and copying the calls; we'll update this post when they come through.

As for Perez, he didn't learn until he got home what the naked man he'd seen on the highway ended up doing before getting killed. He's thankful for one thing: "Thank goodness, my kids never saw him while we drove past."

More on Rudy Eugene, AKA the Miami Zombie:


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Justin Johnson
Justin Johnson

 My only question is what happened to helping people. If I saw this guy attacking the other man I would have stepped up and helped. People are too scared these days and think the Police are going to protect us. Wake up people, the police do not give a shit. You have to help when others need help. To all those that passed and didnt do anything, God Bless.. 

Monealprudhomme
Monealprudhomme

 All you pale faced ghosties need to tremble in your little loafers you pink freaks wear. This is pure justice for Trayvon! Now we need some justice for Rudy Eugene! Those racist pink pigs didn't have to kill the man. We all know that! You Caspers push us to this point then act so damn surprised. If you weren't racists that can't be within 50 yards of a black man without wishing you  had half the swag we have then things like this wouldn't happen. This planet needs to be put back in the hands of the black man to be run with some sense! Obama is going to put the rightful owners of this world back in power! 2012 is the year all wrongs are going to be made right! Thank god for Obama and Holder or it would be the end for us! For real!

Whforbesii
Whforbesii

no officer wanted to do the first official zombie report?

Karrie
Karrie

Every one can call it what you would like but these are the last days!!! I hope everyone has a  relationship with Jesus Christ

Travoynstole myskittles
Travoynstole myskittles

Al Sharpton when are you going to start the march against racial injustice towards Zombies

PeterBelles
PeterBelles

17 minutes for the cops to show up ???The caller should have said some lazy cop was getting his azz kicked, the cops would have showed up 2 seconds later. Ans why do we need lowlife Haitians in the USA ??

Hungary Haitians
Hungary Haitians

Haitians have lousy temperaments. I guess the 65 year old drunk Poppe looked tasty to the Haitian? Any more Haitians looking for meals?

Haitian face chewer
Haitian face chewer

Haitian. So the Miami face chewer was Haitian. Why wasn't he deported?

seep
seep

because you're an asshole

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