Rudy Eugene (L) and Ronald Poppo are seen in this combination of undated handout photos released by the Miami-Dade Police Department May 30, 2012.
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In an interview with police obtained by CBS4 News, Ronald Poppo described the assault.
"He attacked me," Poppo said of Rudy Eugene. "He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes."
Poppo told police he did not know what had provoked Eugene, but that the man did not use any weapons in the attack.
"He basically was using brute force," Poppo said in the interview. "He must have been souped-up on something."
Early speculation was that Eugene had been high on "bath salts" -- the powerful drug that can cause delusions, aggression, paranoia and psychotic behaviour -- but he was later found to have only marijuana in his system.
Eugene, 31, was shot and killed by police when he wouldn't heed their orders to stop the gruesome attack.
Poppo was blinded and lost much of his face in the attack and has been undergoing extensive medical treatment, including several surgeries.
At the end of the interview, Poppo thanked police for arriving "in the nick of time" and saving his life.
"I would've definitely been in worse shape. Probably I'd be DOA."