Two months after his run-in with “Miami Zombie” Rudy Eugene on the MacArthur Causeway, a recuperating Ronald Poppo spoke to detectives about the attack that left him blind in both eyes. He said he never met Eugene before that afternoon, but “for a very short amount of time I thought he was a good guy.”
“He attacked me,” Poppo said of Rudy Eugene. “He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that’s all there is to say about it.”
Sgt. Williams asked Poppo what Eugene was saying when he attacked him.
“‘You, me, buddy, and nobody else here,’” Poppo recalled. “‘I’m gonna — gonna kill you.’ Or something like that, I guess.”
“Did he say why?” Williams inquired.
“No, he just started to scream,” Poppo explained. “And was talking kind of funny talk for a while too.”
“What do you mean by funny talk?” Williams asked.
“That I was gonna die. And he was gonna die,” Poppo said. “He must have been souped up on something.”
Poppo also said Eugene “mashed my face into the sidewalk” and put his victim in “wrestling holds at the same time he was plucking my eyes out.” He said Eugene told him he didn’t like the Beach because “he wasn’t scoring.”
And maybe the most bizarre line of all: According to Poppo, Eugene said as he approached him, “You’re going to be my wife and this is going to be a Lover’s Concerto.”
“I thank the Miami Police Department for saving my life,” closed Poppo. “That’s about the best I could sum it up as. If they didn’t get there in a nick of time, I would’ve definitely be in worse shape. Possibly I’ll be DOA.”[CBS]