Ronald Poppo: Miami face-chewing victim speaks about attack for first time

Ronald Poppo before the incident on May 26.

Florida face-chewing victim Ronald Poppo said Rudy Eugene mashed his face into the sidewalk and plucked out his eyes before a police officer shot and killed him that fateful day in May.

“He just ripped me to ribbons,” Poppo told investigators in a recorded interview on July 19 that was obtained by CBS 4 Miami.

Two months after Eugene managed to disfigure 80 percent of Poppo’s face, the victim of the horrifying incident answered questions for police, describing the horrific attack that he still can’t understand. Poppo said he had never met Eugene before he approached him on a sidewalk near a Miami highway.

“For a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy,” Poppo told police. “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.”

Poppo, a New York native, told police Eugene was screaming and said he was going to kill him, and muttered, “You, me, buddy, and nobody else here.”

“He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that’s all there is to say about it,” Poppo said.

CBS 4 reports that Poppo later told police that Eugene accused him of taking his Bible, which he denied doing. Pieces of the Bible were found on the sidewalk.

“What can provoke an attack of that type?” Poppo asked during the interview. “I certainly didn’t curse at the guy or say anything mean or nasty to him.”

Poppo has undergone a series of reconstructive surgeries, but he is now blind in both eyes. Still, his doctors say he has made remarkable progress in his recovery.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.