911 caller: Man was 'acting like Tarzan' before face-eating attack

Police shot, killed man near Miami causeway

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Rudy Eugene and Ronald Poppo.

MIAMI - Callers to 911 reported seeing a naked man swinging from a light pole along the MacArthur Causeway minutes before a face-eating attack on a homeless man.

The Miami Herald reports the first 911 call came at 1:53 p.m. on May 26 from a motorist who said a "completely naked man" was "acting like Tarzan" on the causeway. A second motorist called a minute later, saying there was a man "as naked as a jaybird" along the road.

Police say 31-year-old Rudy Eugene attacked 65-year-old Ronald Poppo minutes later. During the attack Eugene stripped off Poppo's clothes and chewed most of his face off before he was shot and killed by a police officer. Police have not released a motive for the attack.

Poppo remains hospitalized in Miami.

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