MIAMI – A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre attack is awake and alert at a Miami hospital.
In a photograph shown to reporters Tuesday, Ronald Poppo is walking down a hospital hallway, supported by hospital staff on either side of him.
Doctors are planning to further update his condition Tuesday afternoon. The photo shows the upper two-thirds of Poppo’s face covered in scabs. He’s missing his nose and both eye sockets are covered – one with gauze and one with what appears to be a skin graft.
He’s been at Jackson Memorial Hospital since he was attacked May 26 by Rudy Eugene…
It was a scene as creepy as a Hannibal Lecter movie.
One man was shot to death by Miami police, and another man is fighting for his life after he was attacked, and his face allegedly half eaten, by a naked man on the MacArthur Causeway off ramp Saturday, police said.
The horror began about 2 p.m. when a series of gunshots were heard on the ramp, which is along NE 13th Street, just south of The Miami Herald building.
According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away.Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.
The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.