Ronald Poppo on Rudy Eugene "Zombie" Attack: He Chewed Up My FACE!

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In newly-released police interviews, Ronald Poppo can be heard talking about the suffering Miami face-eating attacker Rudy Eugene caused him.

Poppo details the bizarre attack that left the homeless man missing 75 percent of his face and was seen by some as a sign of the zombie apocalypse.

The 65-year-old Poppo described Rudy Eugene as initally "a good guy" who suddenly went "beserk" and threatened to kill him, CBS Miami reports.

  • Ronald Poppo Mug Shot
  • Rudy Eugene Mug Shot

"He attacked me. He ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that's all there is to say about it," Poppo said.

Poppo's statements were recorded during a July 19 interview with Miami homicide detectives. He said Eugene, 31, at first seemed friendly enough.

Until he started to become irate about not being able "to score" at Miami Beach, where thousands of people were partying on Memorial Day weekend.

"He apparently didn't have a good day at the beach ... And I guess he took it out on me or something," a stunned Poppo recalled. "I don't know."

"He just started to scream, and was talking kind of funny talk for a while too," the victim added. "He must have been souped up on something."

Contrary to rumors that surfaced following the attack, Eugene was NOT on bath salts, only a small amount of weed ... which is even scarier.

Poppo remains in the Perdue Medical Center after losing an eye, his eyebrows, his nose and parts of his forehead and cheek in the May 26 attack.

Rudy Eugene was shot and killed by a police officer during the attack on the Macarthur Causeway, but not before the mauling went on for far too long.

Although Poppo seemed remarkably subdued and at peace with what happened to him, certain details of the attack were still vivid in his mind:

"He mashed my face into the sidewalk ... My face is all mashed up. He was strangling me in wrestling holds at the same time he was plucking my eyes out."

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For Poppo, this harrowing experience seems to have traumatized him little..He speaks about the experience as if it was 'just another daily event'...Obviously he was/is mentally just as 'gone' as Eugene was when the crime was committed. For someones psyche' to be so numb that this trauma can be described in such an 'oh well' manner they have to consider themselves to be blessed, because for most people, this event would have completely destroyed the rest of their life.