MIAMI – Miami area police on Wednesday issued a warning about violent homeless men after one threatened to eat two officers, amid fears about a powerful drug also linked to a grisly face-eating attack in the city.
Brandon De Leon was taken into custody in the US city of North Miami Beach on Saturday after he entered a restaurant yelling obscenities and initially resisted arrest, police said.
On the way to the station he slammed his head against the police car protective barrier, shouting to the officers, “I’m going to eat you.”
Later, he growled and grunted like an animal, and tried to bite an officer’s hand, police said, prompting them to fit him with a bite mask.
The case “bears resemblance to an incident that occurred in the city of Miami last week, when a male ate another man’s face,” a police memo to officers warned.
“Please be careful when dealing with the homeless population during your patrols.”
De Leon, 21, who tested positive for marijuana, Xanax and alcohol, also told authorities he was on a drug called “Cloud Nine” — apparently a type of “bath salts,” a drug which Miami police have linked to the face-mauling case.