Ronald Poppo, Face-Eating Victim, Had Been Shot in Bayfront Park Back in 1976 UPDATED

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Ronald Poppo is currently in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital after having large portions of his face chewed off by Rudy Eugene on Saturday near the MacArthur Causeway. However, it's not Poppo's first trip to Jackson Memorial Hospital after receiving near-fatal injuries in downtown Miami. Poppo was shot at the Bayfront Park band shell and taken to the hospital back in 1976, according to court records.

Poppo, described by police as homeless, also had a lengthy criminal record, and once had charges dismissed after pleading insanity.

Update: We've tracked down a high school photo of Poppo. Long before he was homeless in Miami, he was a decorated student at Stuyvesant High, one of New York's most prestigious high schools.

The photo above comes from a Riptide reader; it comes from the 1964 yearbook from Stuyvesant High, when Poppo would have been 18 years old. He earned at Bronze Scholarship Certificate, was in Latin Club and worked in the Guidance Office.

Considering that Stuyvesant has long been one of NYC's best schools, focused on math and science, it's an impressive list of achievements. How did Poppo go from promising high schooler to homeless in Miami in just over a decade? For now, it's a mystery.

Our earlier post: According to a lien filed by Dade County in 1976, Poppo was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital on January 14. Poppo was shot at the Bayfront Park bandshell by an unidentified "John Doe." His injuries were serious enough that Poppo spent five days in the hospital, and his ultimate hospital bill came to $1,406.05.

At the time Poppo was also homeless and listed his address as the Salvation Army at 905 W Flagler Street.

Poppo, 65, also has a long list of criminal charges that date back in Miami-Dade as far as 1978.

Back in that year he was charged with criminal mischief, but was eventually acquitted on grounds of insanity. Poppo did not plead insanity in any criminal case since then.

Poppo has racked up several charges in the 25 years since, including several counts of drinking in public, burglary, assault, and trespassing. His most recent run-in with the law came in November of 2005. He was convicted of drinking alcohol in public and resisting arrest with violence.

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Livelaughlove
Livelaughlove

Humans are designed to have survival mechanism. It is the top 1 list of every brain when in a terrible situation/accident. Although inspiRation and happiness are subjective, I still think this drunkard deserves a second shot in life. Losing an eye is not the end of the world. For some maybe. But how ungrateful for life. Life is still life and its precious.

Sunshine_gal_21
Sunshine_gal_21

Because no human being in their right frame of mind would eat another man's face off

rms
rms

You're an idiot

Monealprudhomme
Monealprudhomme

  You are a disgrace to beautiful, black, princesses everywhere. Sounds like you are giving comfort to the ghosts here. Whose side are you on? The white man's day in the sun is over. They have always been less than us worldwide...always! But Obama is shifting the brown power back in our hands! 2012...BROWN/BLACK will be proud!

Monique
Monique

Excuse me, people but I'm thinking... If the guy did not get shot, would it been enough for him to stop? But he ate another humans face off. But he didn't exactly needed to die... It wasn't his intentions to harm anyone. The drug says it can cause violence. So Rest In Peace :) I hope you are in heaven. May God watch over you and have a blessed day. By the way I want his to know he maybe in a better place. 

Nobahatake
Nobahatake

First of all this is no place for racial discrimination. The problem is not that he was African but what he did. I, personally do not believe in this "zombie apocalypse" since us "living" people will probably kill each other and ourself 1st with pollution, drugs, violence, etc. Next he is probably just another nut job, like so many others. If the person has "superhuman strength" then it is PCP. I'm more scared of the idiots and crazy people than any Zombies. At least you can shoot a zombie... My prayers go out to you, Mr. Poppo.

Electric832
Electric832

Yah I know I am late to the party but I just saw his face and it's pretty sad. Why bother saving his face now? He is probably going to kill himself after seeing what he looks like now.

http://www.smellslikenews.com/...

larr
larr

cocaine crazed negro

Monealprudhomme
Monealprudhomme

White people suck. Your skin color is a errant mutation. You will be extinct. Dark skin people will rule the world even if we have to do it chewed-pink-face by chewed-pink-face! OBAMA 2012!

Nobahatake
Nobahatake

The man was sick in his head. For the last time RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. Every idiot sucks, wether they are black, white, brown, yellow, red, or any color in between! In my opinion, we should stop looking @ his color but horrible things he did.

TRAYVONTOOKTHE BULLETUPTHEASS
TRAYVONTOOKTHE BULLETUPTHEASS

Mutation !!!   Negros   DNA is 99% monkey   and 1% Human ..Blacks resemble gorillas for a reason those are your cousins....do yourself a favor and visit Monkey Jungle down in miami and get familiar with your relatives .ask your Mom about her visit to the Veterinarian...

Monealprudhomme
Monealprudhomme

 Shud the fuq up, Casper! Every punch to the evil white face, every stab to a flabby-white belly, every rape of a putrid-white, stinky gash is justice for Trayvon and justice for you pink slugs knocking my people from their throne of world domination a thousand years ago. If it wasn't for the brilliance of the African man, you would have NOTHING today! All of  science, all of industry emanated from the black man. We will take back ALL that it ours! ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!

dnt worry bout it
dnt worry bout it

if black are monkey i guess white are piggy cuz they will everything specially shit. BIG PINK PIG!!

TRAYVONTOOKTHE BULLETUPTHEASS
TRAYVONTOOKTHE BULLETUPTHEASS

Planet of The Apes is a good movie but will never be a reality........black human monkeys created Aids ,ghettos,shoplifting ,and all crimes that affect our society

Benz3198
Benz3198

Drugs have the whole world upside-down!! hopefully people would learn.. any how im buying a gun ..

TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER
TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER

Death to all Black Zombiea!!!   Trayvon won't be eating anyone's face Zimmerman you are truly an american hero .Zimmerman the Great your sacrifice will not be forgotten ...Poppo we are truly sorry for this savage attack best wishes to you if Zimmerman fabricated charges against him had nt placed him in jail , he could have saved you .Zimmerman FREE AT LAST !! FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!!!

Kanzaman
Kanzaman

We know more about this victim in less than a week than we know about our president in nearly 4 years. 

There is something horribly wrong about that...

Fredo Gonzalez
Fredo Gonzalez

Donations and kind words for Ronald's recovery can be made at  

http://www.giveforward.com/ron...

The address for cards, letters, music, etc is on the website as well, and all comments will be read to Ronald once he regains consciousness. We have collected over $10,000 so far in this incredible display of compassion! This man has experienced savagery, please, let him now experience humanity.

Dfgg
Dfgg

Your dumb if u think it's zombies like seriously PCP or bath salts xan make u do crazy shit

Gmail
Gmail

Zimmerman Knew that the Black zombies were getting ready to attack and he killed the first one TRAYVON Sanford Zombie (black)..Rudy Eugene Miami Zombie (black) killed by police department and Alexander Kinyuahe Maryland Zombie (black ) has been arrested ..   It has started !   Zimmerman we have a group of 45 Spec Ops with customized AR15 flash grenades and all types of Anti-Black  Zombie military technology  waiting for you . We know so far they like watermelons, Fried chicken skittles and arizona iced tea!!!

Gmail3
Gmail3

Another BLACK  zombie in Maryland .

New Zombie Attack: Student Eats Roommate's Brain & Heart!" 21-year-old Alexander Kinyua, a student at Morgan State University in Maryland

Zimmerman We need you !!!!!

Jason
Jason

I guess this isn't the only incident a 21yr old college student in Maryland was just arrested for eating his roommate heart an brain! What's this world coming to?

Autumn
Autumn

Why are you talking about the victim's criminal record?  It has nothing to do with this horrible attack.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  

Spamifyoucan
Spamifyoucan

Florida needs an earth quake that would make Charles Richter come back from the dead and eat the few remaining survivors faces. Stay in school you petty racist republican dip shits.

Digitalinkwell
Digitalinkwell

I am not sure why his criminal past is relevant.  It almost seems like you are trying to smear the victim's name.

If he was such an intelligent student and ended up homeless, it is most likely that he suffers from the same condition that puts a lot of people on the street: mental instability. 

Find some real news to report.  This is just an inappropriate artilce that does nothing but cast a negative light on someone who has gone through something horrible.

Shame on you.

Andrew78
Andrew78

No one is going to know what really happened. The only person that knows is Rudy Eugene an he's dead! Poppo was resting under a bridge when he was attacked so he don't know why he was attacked. They said They found Mr.Eugene's clothes starting at the beach but he was completely naked at the time of the attack an that's a pretty good distance between the two points so there is so many questions that needs to be answered! For one why was he naked, two why didn't he attack anyone else cause in the video it shows when he stops there is someone on a bike that comes right behind him, third before he starting attacking Mr. Poppo's face he punched an stripped him an laid on top a couple times but why? There is so many questions that will never be answered all we can do is assume an piece together what we think might have happened! One thing that is very clear is the cops an paramedics did not completely do their job! That man should have went threw that for 18 mins an paramedics shouldn't have been standing around as long as they did before they helped Mr.Poppo because homeless or not that is their job an it was performed in poor taste!

Cristina Ojeda
Cristina Ojeda

i feel so terrible for this poor man. as if being homeless wasn't bad enough, now he has to return to his life without a face! there should be some sort of fund or support system set up for him...

Aiyuri
Aiyuri

This poor man was homeless and just got his face chewed off for 18 grueling minutes. I think he's lived through enough torture for one lifetime. Even if he does survive this horrific incident, with surgery comes more pain, and he might not even make it through the infections that he will most likely suffer. I wish this man the best, but what if the best for him is death?Another thing to consider is if we set up a fund for this man, and he does heal, are we putting him right back into the streets? And if we don't, then are we setting up another fund to build this man a home? Or paying for his rent for the rest of his life? And feeding him? I'm pretty sure this man is never going to be able to get a job because he simply cannot work.My heart aches at this story and I wish this never happened in the first place. If he does live through the surgeries, I wish him a pain-free rest of his life. If he doesn't make it, rest in peace Ronald Poppo. 

Personalatees1
Personalatees1

I dont hope poppo dies,, I hope he lives the rest of his life pampered and rich by suing the fuck out of the police who finished their donuts before responding

Personalatees1
Personalatees1

I find it interesting that the police wont release the 911 calls..looks like they dropped the ball. Also, I think they could check for the suspected drug immediately. When theres a poisoning or overdose..the hospital never says...oh, we will treat the patient in 2 weeks when the toxicology report comes in.

Personalatees1
Personalatees1

Maybe Poppo did some really nice things in his life too, we only have the bad shit on record. Funny, I bet if he ate the face off a dog they would have a fund set up already with a million bux donated

Personalatees1
Personalatees1

They say Eugenes from Haiti? Was he even a citizen?

Andrew
Andrew

They said his parents was immigrant so it's possible he was also! Florida is full of immigrants!

Jessica
Jessica

Yes drugs can make u do crazy things I lost by brother to drug use. His drug of choice was huffing paint an he was high one night an the thought his watch was handcuffs so he cut his own hand off. We had him an out of rehabs an treatment centers but addiction is a powerful thing! Then about 6 months after he kept telling my mother worms was eating his brain so one night sitting on the couch he was complaining that he could hear the worms chewing his brain an he couldn't take it so he blew his brains out right in front of my mother! So yes drugs can make u do crazy things! My brother was no monster or zombie he graduated collage with honors but he got mixed up with the wrong people an took a turn for the worse. Drugs affect people differently an there is so many different drugs out there we don't have a clue about or how they effect people!

Jkp021491
Jkp021491

I don't care what it is he still have reason to chew on someone face so fuck him.

Sskennelly Sk
Sskennelly Sk

Ronald poppo is suffering more from infection then the initial mauling. The infection will take over his body, and leave only his instinctual brain. Resulting in another mauling incident where poppo is the attacker, my words would be to watch out if poppo dies, he will be back to infect another person the same way he was.

Rwoodwin
Rwoodwin

I wonder if either of them believed in God. Just a thought.

tomasiepants
tomasiepants

Yes.  The attacker was said to always carry a bible.  Not kidding.  That's what his girlfriend told the media. 

scary shit
scary shit

i wish for ronald to just rest in peace i dont want him to be spreading zombie disease just saying ya know.

Livebythesworddiebythesword
Livebythesworddiebythesword

To the mayor of Miami the police man that shot the zombie deserves to be recognized for serving his community ! To the mayor of Sanford Zimmerman deserves the purple heart and the keys to the city for protecting the city of the other zombie Trayvon!

Michelle Byrd
Michelle Byrd

What a feeble-minded uneducated child are you? Being aware of your existance is more putrid than any kind of "stank" this world can offer. And if you are really proud of yourself right now you should just accept the fact that you are the one that, indeed, "stanks". Just admit it and move on so that we can all get this weird look off our faces after hearing a single thought process from your underdeveloped brain.

Sarah
Sarah

MNT - please take down the comments board.  It's full of the nastiest content.  Nothing productive can come from the hate filled comments below.

KaeylynHunt
KaeylynHunt

How terribly sad that someone with such promise could end up in such tragic circumstances.His Mental Illness left untreated,like so many millions of others on the streets,leaves him&the rest nowhere to go in Life but an absymal bane existence.What happened to him in that Timeframe with untreated Mental illness coincides with the GOP's complete&utter bankrupting of The Mental Health System here in America.It forced Hundreds of Mental Institutions&clinics to close&left them no choice but to dump them on the streets.Yet,they call that a"Fiscal sucess of reducing The Deficit Spending".As usual,they don't bother to look at the long term consequences of their actions.After the GOP did that,crime went up exponentially,communicable diseases went up astronomically,our Prison&Court costs skyrocketed&the number of people incarcerated makes America now the only Country in The World to lock up it's Mentally Ill in Prison,not Treatment&Incarcerates more of it's Citizens than any other Nation on EARTH.It also makes us the only Industrialized Nation that does NOTHING for The Mentally Ill.They often self medicate with street drugs&alcohol,leading to arrest after arrest.It's a downward spiral that almost always results in tragic death,for them&others.

How much Money did The GOP REALLY save by doing that&how many Lives have they cost to save pennies?3/4's of all Inmates in the U.S are Mentally Ill,&25%of all Homeless are US Veterans of War. The Majority of them go untreated.In Florida especially,the Health System was already in shambles before The GOP gutted Mental Healthcare,now,unless you are truly in the 1%,there is NO help,not for middle class&certainly not for Lower.If you are Homeless in Florida,you cannot recieve Food Stamps,Medicaid,or access any other Social Services,even if you are on Disability.Iknow,I just went through it in January&was forced to live in an abandoned Car with my son.I am disabled from a Hit&Run Car wreck,yet even with a child&on disability,we could not get help to eat,get medical services or Housing.I was forced to go live with Family almost 1000 Miles away.If someone like me,who is Mentally stable can't get even basic Help,what chance does someone like Mr.Poppo?.You MUST have a permanent address&a PO BOX does NOT Count,so where does that leave people who have none?

Starving,sick,scared&hopeless,THAT'S where.There is a reason Florida is home to 33%of The Nations Homeless,and the Standard of Living there is on par with The 3rd World.All done at the hands of GOP Lawmakers in their quest to root out"fraud".Yet they never try to root out the REAL Fraud,of their ownselves robbing The Public Funds dry&then leaving the rest of us to die on a sinking ship.Without either a fistful of Cash,a large credit Card Line or top notch insurance like our Lawmakers get,what few centers there are for mental health&Substance abuse will only hold someone for 72 hours max.If they appear as a danger to themselves or others,30 days MAX,with NO follow up treatment or help for those folks to continue to be able to get Medications.Both involved in this crime were ultimately victims of The System,which is designed to fail it's most needy Citizens.Had both Poppo&Eugene had access to Mental health care&long term treatment for it,this horrific crime would never had occurred.

Mental Illness&Substance abuse go hand in hand.They are NO different than any other Chronic Illness such as Heart Disease,Obesity or Diabetes&it's LONG overdue that We as a Nation remove the stigma&see it for what it truly is.Until we,as a Nation address this issue,which is at the Heart of our Crime issue,Our Addiction problem,Broken Homes,Child Abuse&Neglect,Domestic Violence&the majority of ALL societal Ills,This Nation will continue to decline,our Society further digress into a cesspool&millions more will suffer brutal&unnessary trauma&Death.It is Time We hold our Lawmakers accountable for creating an Environment that such a heinous Crime could occur&demand that they start realizing that the little monies spent on Prevention&Treatment ahead of Time saves BILLIONS down the road.This Pennywise£ foolishness that has been perpetrated&is being pushed even more by a GOP led charge has GOT to stop for ALL our sake.They scream we have no money for it,yet they just gave The Pentagon 4 BILLION  MORE than it had requested for the Budget.How many lives could be turned around&saved with that 4 Billion had it been put towards Mental health care??

This is an issue that directly affects each&every Citizen in a Myriad of ways.It's time for US,The People to take a stand&fight for Mental Illness to become a forefront issue,instead of locked away in the attic of National Concience.If we don't,Our Nation won't have a fighting chance.I will keep Mr.Poppo in My thoughts&sincerely hope for Him a speedy&good recovery&hope that if nothing else,this will wake people up to just how dire things are&prompt them to help change what led to this in the 1st Place.

Grammar Freak
Grammar Freak

It's hard for me to read anything you type because you are punctuating incorrectly. I respect you, and everything you've been saying so far, but my god learn to put spaces after commas and periods.

tomasiepants
tomasiepants

So you want us to never vote Republican.  Always vote Democrat.  Right?

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