For the 65-year-old Ronald Poppo this is definitely something he would not like to recall – the day when the homeless Miami man became the victim of a vicious cannibal attack at the hands of Rudy Eugene.
The attacker chewed most of his face and even plucked out his eyes. In an interview recording Poopo said:“He just ripped me to ribbons." “He plucked out my eyes... And basically that’s all there is to say about it.”
The horrific incident which on one hand made headlines all over the world, on the other hand, left Poppo blind, missing his nose and covered in a patchwork of mangled flesh.
According to Poppo, the 31-year-old attacker Rudy Eugene who was shot dead by the police on spot, approached him on the sidewalk and was ‘chummy’ before he ‘snapped’, strangling him and picking up at his eyes.
“For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy.” Poppo said in an earlier conducted interview.
“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.”
The appalling 18-minute attack, which was captured on video showed naked Eugene chewing lumps of flesh from the face of Poppo. "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."
Initial tests revealed that Eugene had a number of undigested pills in his stomach, including marijuana at the time of attack. It is believed that Eugene must have been high on ‘bath salts’, a potent hallucinogenic drug, when he carried out the gruesome assault.
Poppo is covered by Medicare and Medicaid according to hospital officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but up till now there is no estimate of the cost that has been spent on his treatment. A fund was set up to assist him in treatment had raised $110,700 through mid-July.