Persistent cases of ‘zombie attack’ suggest bath salts epidemic

Two weeks after the infamous “Miami Zombie” attack, new circumstances of “zombie attack” continue to be reported in the media. Analysts say that the persistent reports are evidence of a sharp enhance in the use of street drugs that lead to “beast-like” behavior.

The Huffington Post reports that police say that on Saturday, a Miami man believed to be beneath the influence of “Cloud 9,” a substance described as a form of bath salts, growled fiercely at police officers, tried to bite them and screamed at them, saying “I’m going to consume you.”

Brandon De Leon, 21, a homeless man, had a verbal altercation with a man for the duration of which they reportedly obstructed a restaurant organization by blocking the entrance.

According to police arrest report, De Leon became aggressive when police officers tried to arrest him. He yelled “F**k you!” at a police officer. Police say that even though De Leon was in the patrol vehicle, he banged his head violently on the Plexiglass, yelling, “I am going to consume you.”

According to The Hufffington Post, he tried to bite an officer at the station. He “growled and opened and closed his jaw slamming his teeth like an animal would.” He smashed his head against the wall after he was placed in a holding cell. His behavior forced police officers to conclude that he was below the influence of “some kind of dangerous narcotic.”

Blood tests revealed that De Leon, who was in possession of rum and Four Loko when he was arrested, was below the influence of “Cloud 9.” The test also revealed “levels of cannabis, alcohol and Xanax.” According to an officer safety report, De Leon’s situation, “bears resemblance to the incident that occurred in the City of Miami last week when a male ate another man’s face. Please be careful when dealing with our homeless population during your patrols.”

At his bond hearing on Monday, De Leon reportedly told the judge: “I have no recollection of anything that occurred that night.”

The Huffington Post reports that following the incident, Thomas A. Carney, North Miami Beach Police Director Services issued a release on the the drug named “Cloud 9”:

–Psychoactive drug that produces distinctive emotional and social effects, similar to these of Ecstasy (MDMA).

–Amphetamine and cathinone class drug that has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system that can be physically and psychologically addictive

–A synthetic substance based on the (cathinone) compounds that exist in the Khat plant of East Africa.

Users may swallow, snort or inject mephedrone. It can come in the form of tablets, capsules or white powder. Snorting is the most widespread way of taking the drug, and injection the rarest.

Symptoms can contain, excessive sweating, headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, serious panic attacks, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiousness, agitation and erratic behavior.

KATC.com and Gawker also report a “zombie attack” in Scott, Louisiana, that occurred over the weekend. Gawker reports that the attack was “eerily equivalent to the case out of Florida connected with bath salts.”

According to KATC.com, Scott Assistant Police Chief Kert Thomas, reports that in the course of the attack that occurred in Lafayette Parish, a suspect bit a chunk of the victim’s face off. Police say 43-year-old Carl Jacquneaux had an altercation with Todd Credeur over a domestic issue. Jacquneaux attacked Credeur and bit him in the face. Credeur told KATC.com, that he sprayed wasp spray on Jacquneaux’s face to quit the attack. Jacquneaux then left Credeur’s house and went to the property of an acquaintance in Carencro. He threatened the acquaintance with a knife and stole his handgun.

Gawker reports that police arrested Jacquneaux soon after he stole the handgun. According to Gawker, Sheriff’s deputies said that he was “clearly below the influence of drugs.” According to KATC.com, a friend of the one of the victims said she believed that Jacquneaux utilized bath salts, but police had been unable to confirm the claim because no blood tests had been performed after Jacquneaux was arrested.

Jacquneaux was charged with “aggravated burglary, straightforward battery of the infirm, violation of probation, aggravated second degree battery and violation of protective orders.”


Sources and more information:

• ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Continues As Carl Jacquneaux Bites Off Part Of Todd Credeur; Bath Salts Implicated

Credeur said he then sprayed wasp repellent in Jacquneaux’s face to fend him off. Follow us When officers discovered Credeur, they found him with “several lacerations to his facial area along with a gaping wound underneath the left eye.” He was taken to a hospital, where he is recovering, reported The Smoking Gun .

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