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Police sources confirmed that the attacker was 31-year-old Rudy Eugene.
Court records show that Eugene was married in 2005 and divorced in 2007. According to the filing, he had no income nor assets.
His former wife, Jenny Ductant, said "I don't want to talk about it," Tuesday when reached on her cellphone.
“I wouldn’t say he had mental problem but he always felt like people was against him . No one was for him, everyone was against him,” his ex-wife said new media. When asked if she thought he was violent, she said "That's why I left him."
He had just one arrest to suggest serious violence. Miami Beach police arrested him on a battery charge when he was 16, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The charge was later dropped.
He was arrested seven other times over five years. Court records show that one was for misdemeanor battery, one was for vending near a school, one was for trespassing and four involved marijuana.
The last case came in September 2009. In January, the charge was dropped.
The homeless, who camp near where it all happened, say they knew Eugene. They saw him frequently in that area walking around confused.
Police President Armando Aguilar said Eugene had likely overdosed, citing four past instances in Miami-Dade County when people overdosed on a type of LSD, removed their clothes, and became violent. A synthetic street drug, often refered to as 'Bath salts' may be involved.
"It causes them to go completely insane and become very violent," said Aguilar.
Many local residents remain skeptical. Citing past instances where ravenous attacks similar in nature to an undead attack have been officially denied. Miami is keen to keep a lid on any repeat of the panic from 2007's necro-mortosis outbreak (see right side bar) where 100's were killed and parts of the city quarantined. According to a prominent Los Angeles DUI attorney this is the first year he has encountered more instances of drugs than necro-mortosis since similar outbreaks there in 2007.
His still unnamed victim, a 65 year old man, has reportedly lost 75-80% of his face. He remained in extremely critical condition Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Much of his face was gone, the skin ripped away, the nose and eard bitten and the eyes gouged. Only part of his goatee beard remained.
“We’re hoping that he pulls through, for his well-being, but also so he can tell us what happened,” said Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of the Miami police union. “Only he knows.”