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911 calls report naked men fighting on day of 'face-chewing' attack, police say

"Face-chewing" naked man sparks zombie scare Rudy Eugene came to national attention when he was caught chewing on the face of Ronald Poppo, before being shot and killed by police. The bizarre crime sparked dubious speculation that he was a zombie. However, an autopsy showed there was no human flesh in Eugene's stomach. Police initially blamed Eugene's mental state on an LSD-like drug called "bath salts." He was a good kid," Eugene's mother told CBS Miami. "He gave me a nice card on Mother's Day. Everyone says he was a zombie. He was no zombie. That was my son." CBS/Miami-Dade Police Dept.

Ronald Poppo, victim of 'Face-chewing' naked man Rudy Eugene, is a 65-year-old homeless man
Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo
CBS/Miami-Dade Police Dept.
(CBS/AP) MIAMI - Several people called 911 after seeing events related to the face-chewing attack on homeless victim Ronald Poppo along a Miami causeway, according to recordings made public last week.

Pictures: Fla. police identify "face-eating" naked man

Emergency callers reported seeing a naked man swinging from a light pole along the MacArthur Causeway. According to public recordings, the first 911 call came at 1:53 p.m. on May 26 from a motorist who said a "completely naked man" was "acting like Tarzan" on the causeway. 

Another male caller reported that he saw a man taking off his clothes and throwing them into traffic.

"You can't miss him. He's naked," the man said.

Police said these emergency calls came minutes before 31-year-old Rudy Eugene attacked 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, in which Eugene stripped off Poppo's clothes and chewed off most of his face before he was shot and killed by a police officer.

Other callers reported seeing two men fighting along the causeway, although they did not mention seeing Poppo's face being chewed.

"He's going to kill that man, I promise you," a female bus driver said. "Listen, there is a naked man on the MacArthur Causeway .... He is beating another man to a pulp - like on top of the man, beating him, the man is bleeding."

Another male caller said two men were fighting and nearly knocked over an elderly bicylist.

"These two bums were going at it with each other, taking up the whole lane," the caller said. "I think they were fighting or something."

Poppo remains hospitalized in Miami.

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