Rudy Eugene, Brian De Leon, and More Crazy 'Bath Salt' Freakouts
'Bath salts' have sparked a recent wave of wild, flesh-eating encounters, but the designer drug has been spurring bizarre behavior for years. From a user trying to eat a police car to another cutting his own throat, a look at some of the most outrageous incidents linked to bath salts.
Rudy Eugene, May 2012
On May 26, 31-year-oldRudy Eugeneattacked 65-year-oldRonald Poppoon a highway in Miami. Eugene was completely naked during the attack, and reportedly ate most of Poppo’s face, leading many to refer to Eugene as a “zombie.” The attack lasted 18 minutes before Eugene was shot dead by police, and by the end of it, Poppo’s nose, eyes, and mouth had been torn away. Police originally thought the attack had been brought on by “cocaine psychosis,” but later, emergency-room doctors began to suspect that so-called bath saltsmay have been to blame.
Brian De Leon, June 2012
Days after theRudy Eugeneincident, 21-year-oldBrandon De Leonwas arrested after fighting at a fast-food restaurant in Miami. While in the police car, De Leon repeatedly banged his head against the Plexiglas and yelled, “I’m going to eat you.” When he got to the station, he attempted to make good on his promise and tried to bite the cop who was checking his blood pressure. Blood tests showed he was on bath salts, cannabis, and Xanax, and also had a blood alcohol level of 0.29.
Carl Jacquneaux, June 2, 2012
On June 2,Carl Jacquneauxwent to his ex-wife’s house and repeatedly bit her husband, Todd Credeur, “removing flesh the size of a quarter” from his face, according to an affidavit. After Credeur sprayed bug spray in his attacker’s face to get away, Jacquneaux went to a neighboring house, where he demanded a gun at knifepoint. He got his hands on the gun, but was arrested at the end of the street. Police did not perform any blood tests, but a friend of Credeur’s said she believed Jacquneaux was on bath salts during the attack.
Kevin Boozer & Steven P. Lindsey , May 2012
In the span of a week in May 2012, police in Columbusshot two menwho were both believed to have been under the influence of bath salts, even though the drugs are banned in Ohio. Kevin Boozer, 28, was shot by the SWAT team after holding a knife to his girlfriend’s neck. His family said bath salts usage had made him violent. Days later, police responded to a call that Steven P. Lindsey, also 28, was breaking into his own house. Authorities said he shot at officers when they arrived, and they in turn shot him, injuring his finger. He also reportedly was high on bath salts.
Eric Scott, February 2012
On Feb. 11,Eric Scott, 47, who was having a bad trip on bath salts, asked neighbors in Milton, Fla., to call 911 to help him get medical attention. When police arrived, he was cursing to himself and threw a flashlight at a mailbox and asked to be shot. The officers decided to handcuff him to await medical help. Unable to move his hands, Scott bit the police car and dragged his teeth across the hood, leaving teeth marks in the vehicle and causing $600 worth of damage.
Johnny Salazar, July 2011
Johnny Salazar was watching his two young sons one Sunday morning in Arizona, while the rest of his family was at church. At one point, he noticed that his 5-year-old was touching the Bible and determined that the boy must be possessed by a demon. He then used a cigarette lighter to burn the child’s hands and wrists. Salazar was taking bath salts at the time. Salazar’s mother said the burns did not require medical attention and noted that Salazar recently had broken up with the child’s mother. “He had a hard time accepting it, so he turned to bath salts,” she said.